“Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.”
Luke 18:1 (NIV)
When we pray are we persistent enough or do we give up too easily? In the next few verses that follow the scripture above, Jesus explains how a human Judge, who fears neither God nor man, is eventually worn down by the plea of a widow and grants her justice.
He then tells us that God will bring about justice for his chosen ones who cry out to him day and night. So should we PUSH in our prayers? PUSH means P-ray U-ntil S-omething H-appens. Of course we have to pray for the right things in accordance with God’s will. I very much doubt however long and hard we pray for a Rolls Royce that we will get one.
But for how long and how hard do we pray for other Christians and non-Christians in their trials? Our hearts go out to our persecuted brothers and sisters around the world and we can and should pray for their daily needs and their safety. They especially need our prayers in the difficult and dangerous areas of the world where being a Christian can be a death sentence.
But what about the other people in those areas, people of other faiths or no faith? Don’t they need our prayers too?
And what about when faced with serious illness or crisis in our own family, our church family or among friends or work colleagues? How long do we pray for their healing and/or deliverance?
I don’t know at what point we should give up praying for a person or a situation, but the scripture above suggests that we need to keep praying until something happens. Perhaps one of our focuses as Christians should be to try and be more persistent in our prayers. If we do we may get a few pleasant surprises.
Heavenly Father, we know you hear our prayers but sometimes we get frustrated when there appears to be no answer. Help us to be both patient and persistent in our prayer but always conscious that we pray in accordance with your will. You know the best answer for every person and situation.
Study by Keith Hartrick
Grace Communion – Leeds
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