The fact of continuing in an opinion, or course of action inspite of difficulty or opposition – that’s persistence.
In Luke 18:2-6, Jesus told His disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up: He said:
“In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’
“For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’”
And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:2-6 NIV)
Some people pray every day. Others, every other day. Some pray once every week, during church service. Others pray occasionally. But everyone prays at some point in time in their lives: when sickness strikes, when death looms around, when disability becomes permanent, when financial damages are irreversible, or, when all hope is lost.
But here, in these verses, Jesus is challenging His disciples to pray and not give up. This is the kind of prayer infused with a stubborn sense of determination, or a dogged tenacity. Until an answer is received.
A poor, defenseless, widow made a desperate plea for justice to a corrupt and ungodly judge. That’s an uphill climb. An impossible situation. Daily she goes to him and daily she gets rejected. And yet, the widow remains persistent. She just keeps on going even if everyone around her tells her to quit. Now let’s pause for a while: if we can have this kind of heart when we approach the King of Glory, the Ancient of Days, in His glorious throne – think what would happen. Would He not hear us and act on our prayer?
A Christian’s life is a continuous battle. And in this battle, the outcome is decided by prayers. Bearing fruit, healing from sickness, and personal revival depends on it.
If we can learn to harness the power of faith in prayer, we can overcome many obstacles and trials. In fact, I totally believed that if a Christian’s prayer is done in faith, healing is just one prayer away. So today, go ahead. Pray. And persevere. Don’t give up. Believe that you will receive what you have ask from the LORD.
God does not work miracles because there is a need; He answers prayers and gives miracles because there is faith.