What happens when I pray persistently? - Persistence - TouchPoints

What happens when I pray persistently?

Luke 18:1-5Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up. “There was a judge in a certain city,” he said, “who neither feared God nor cared about people. A widow of that city came to him repeatedly, saying, ‘Give me justice in this dispute with my enemy.’ The judge ignored her for a while, but finally he said to himself, ‘I don’t fear God or care about people, but this woman is driving me crazy. I’m going to see that she gets justice, because she is wearing me out with her constant requests!”

Jesus did not tell this parable to show that you should—or could—wear God out with your persistent prayers, but to make the point that if evil people will eventually answer a repeated request, how much more will a loving God answer your prayers. When it doesn’t seem that God is answering you, don’t give up! Keep on praying! God has reasons for making you wait, but the Bible is also clear that persistence in prayer is important and gets results. God may give you a “no” rather than a “yes,” but an answer will come as you persist in prayer. But persistent prayer is about more than just getting an answer. Praying persistently shows your faith in God by continually bringing your needs before him each day. Sometimes it is through expressing your concerns over and over to God that you learn insights or that your true motives and desires are revealed. Through persistent prayer you’re not only demonstrating your trust in God but you’re learning to wait for his answers.