Persistence in prayer

Prayer is simply talking to God – it is a dialogue between you and your heavenly Father. It is not a monologue, where you do all the talking. But it is back and forth; listening, speaking, resting, receiving and waiting on Him. There are several types of prayer; casting your care, consecrating, united prayer, prayer of praise, worship and thanksgiving, prayer of faith, agreement, supplication, intercession , ‘being the watchman” waiting on God… learning how to be led by His Spirit is essential, but that happens when I spend time in His Word and in His presence. My faith in Him is built the more time I spend in His word, because faith comes by hearing and hearing the word of God. But without faith it is impossible to please God – I must believe that HE IS and the HE is will reward those who diligently seek Him out.

Persistence:

  1. The quality of persisting; tenacity/tenacious
  2. The act of persisting; continued effort or existence
  3. continuingor permanent
  4. Lasting, enduring or permanent
  5. constantlyrepeated;continued
  6. Shameless

Perseverance:

Steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc. especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement

We can be persistent in our perseverance in our prayer life.

Genesis 18:17-33

  • When Abraham stood in the Gap for Lot, his family, Sodom and Gomorrah – He was persistent in getting the Lord to change his mind, had he kept going for 1 righteous person the Lord might not have rained fire and brimstone purely because Abraham had asked.

 

Matthew 7:7-11

  • Keep asking, keep seeking and knocking

Acts 12:5-17

  • The church was persistent in prayer
  • Because of their persistent prayers an Angel of the Lord came to supernaturally deliver him
  • When Peter arrived those praying did not believe it was truly Peter. They were persistent in their prayers according to the amplified bible. God’s power availed much and His power was made manifest. But when the miracle happened, they did not believe it.

SO my question… do you truly believe that what you are praying is going to come to pass?

Often we are surprised to see that we see the answer to our prayers, or we are blown away that the person we prayed for was instantly healed, or the financial breakthrough happen and we have said “I cannot believe it happened…”

If we really believe that what we are praying for is going to happen, because we are convinced His word is true it will not take us by surprise. We should expect His word to prevail in our life and over our circumstances.

According to Hebrews 11:1 “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things now yet seen.
Hebrews 11:6 “But without faith it is impossible to please and be satisfactory to Him. For whoever would come near to God must necessarily believe that God exists and that He is the rewarder of those who earnestly and diligently seek Him out.”

For me to be confident in my prayers I need to believe that He hears me when I pray. I can know without a doubt that He hears me when I pray when I come according to His Word and will in the name of Jesus. Through knowing His word, I have something to base my faith on, therefore I will be pleasing to Him. I also can know that when I pray according to His will, He is working on my behalf because His Word will go forth and accomplish that which it is sent to do!

I want to believe that what I am praying will come to pass and not be surprised when I see the testimony of the Lord made sure in my life. I want to expect to see Him moving in my life and know that because He has done it before, He will do it again!

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