Are you aware of what the definition of “persistent” is?
“Continuing firmly or obstinately in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition.”
I want to ask you, when was the last time you wore someone out with your persistence?
When was the last time you pressed in and prayed through?
When was the last time you picked yourself up off of the ground, dusted yourself off and said, “Just one more time?”
I remember one occasion where I wasn’t quite ready to go to bed , so I decided to sit down with a cup of coffee, read my current book, and maybe journal some thoughts. It was talking about the parable of the persistent widow in Luke 18.
Suddenly, I realized that I had stopped becoming PERSISTENT with my prayers.
I had slowly succumbed to our situation and circumstances.
The white flag of surrender was flying high.
I turned to my prayer journal, and began to write down so many questions. That’s when the Lord answered a prayer I have been praying for over a year. His gentle answer hit me like a ton of bricks.
I dropped my pen and began to weep.
The Lord continued to speak to my heart, showing me that our “handfuls on purpose” are directly tied to our faith, which quite honestly, has been wavering at times.
The tears flowed faster.
I allow my emotions to dictate my actions far too often, and it results in my faith becoming weak, and my persistent pressing in and praying through comes to a halt.
Then I began to remember…
I remembered how I used to cry out to God, multiply times a day at times, praying and asking Him for answers, healing, protection, provision, and whatever else I could think of. A word, a sign, SOMETHING!
I remembered how slowly, I began to get weary and worn out by being a caretaker 24/7, something that was totally foreign to me.
The more tired I become, sadly, the shorter my prayers become. My brain just doesn’t want to process ANYTHING.
Don’t misunderstand me, I still spend time with the Lord every day!
It’s just that I have begun to give up on Him and what He had promised me and my husband.
We live in a “microwave world” and pray “microwave prayers” and expect them to be answered right then and there before we ever get up off of the floor.
Friends, the Lord wants us to PERSIST!
Romans 12:12 says, “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and PERSISTENT IN PRAYER.”
Jesus tells the disciples that the widow never gave up. Her persistence paid off. The judge finally got tired of her. In fact, the Bible says, “Yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me!”
Are we willing to come to that point of persistence?
Are we willing to keep asking, keep seeking, keep knocking?
Perhaps there is an area where you have waved your own white flag of surrender. Instead of surrendering to those situations or circumstances, maybe it’s time to go back and PERSIST.