Persevere in Prayer

Jeremiah 33:3 Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.”

If I were to ask what was the last great and mighty thing the Lord has done for you, what would it be?

This promise from God’s Word is one of the first taught to the newly saved. It is a prayer promise that though things may seem bleak and dark, God has an answer.

How many can testify of the dark times in their life and tell of how God came at the right time with healing, comfort, provision, protection, or power? How many can relate to the feeling of aloneness, desperation, fear, and anxiety over situations and circumstances that seem overwhelming?

Faith and the exercise of that faith is the bridge to seeing answered prayers. Jesus said as much:

Mark 11:24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.”

Many fail in prayer because we do not know the One to whom we pray. Others fail because they are ignorant of His will and His way. Still, others lose the will to pray when the answer doesn’t meet their expectations. 

When we read this promise in Jeremiah, what is the scope of our prayer?

Can we picture how God could answer?

Do we limit God because we think it impossible?

Do we stop because we feel our prayers are ineffective?

Do we grow weary because the answer has not yet come?

To pray believing, we must have faith enough to see beyond the veil of this world and believe that God can and will answer. 

To pray believing, we must possess the character to continue in prayer even when the situation and circumstances stay the same or grow worse.

To pray believing, we must encourage ourselves when our feelings of doubt and fear drain our hearts of faith needed to carry us through.

Knowing God and walking with Him allows us to see Him move and work daily. The Sunday only child of God will falter and fail quickly because there is no substance to their faith.

Reading God’s Word, meditating on it, praying per His will and His way, and praying regularly and consistently, believing He heard and will answer; takes faith.

There are times when we are weak and need help and support to continue. The times we suffer loss or are hurt deeply, seemingly unable to take another step is when we need to depend on those closest to us to lift and encourage our hearts.

Persevering in prayer takes faith.

We recently had an answer to prayer that took 50 years in the making.

Two sisters in our church, who are charter members, had been praying for their husband’s salvation since the church was started. Both fell ill to the virus recently and had to be hospitalized. Their health began to decline, and their wives took the opportunity to witness to them.

Both men received Jesus Christ as their personal Savior within days of each other. One recovered slowly while the other’s health steadily declined. Within days, he went home to be with the Lord.

Evidence like this can be motivating to continue in prayer.

Testimonies such as this can encourage us to pray for those things that seem impossible to us. 

We must increase our faith to see past the present situation and circumstances and pray, believing that God hears and will answer our prayers. 

Our enemy knows that we have direct access to the power great enough to defeat him. He will try to do anything and everything in his power to keep us from praying for those mighty things which we cannot see or know. 

Take time to envision what your answer to prayer might look like and pray. Pray believing. Pray till God answers.

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