“Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart (…) when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18: 1,8b).
If the Lord was willing to share this parable with his disciples, it is because He noticed that many Christians pray indeed, but end up lacking faith and slacken when the answer to their prayers delays .
You have prayed innumerable prayers to God to resolve a situation which is so dear to your heart. You have prayed all kinds of prayers as Ephesians 6: 18 and 1 Thessalonians 5:17 recommend. You have surely said to yourself, “It is because I have sinned that God does not hear me” and you have spent time confessing your sins. You may have thought that the lack of answer to your prayers was due to the spiritual bonds inherited from your ancestors that prevented you from seeing the accomplishment of your promises. And because of that, you went for deliverance. Even so, you saw no change! Then you may have said, “Why not go into supplication mode?” You did it, but still, no success!
Beloved, when confronted to such a situation, what do you say? That continuing to pray is useless given that God refuses to listen to you despite all the prayers you prayed? Are you a victim of discouragement? No, rise up, lift your head and make the decision to continue praying, despite everything!
The Bible states that in the city mentioned in Luke 18: 2-3, there was an unjust judge who, instead of doing justice to the citizens of the city, only made unjust judgments. But it does not stop there! The Bible says that there was also a widow in the same city who harassed this judge until she succeeded in making him get her justice from her adversary.
Beloved, on one side of your life, there is a stubborn situation that persists and You are on the other. Yes, you are also there, confronting that stubborn situation! Why are you slackening? Why are you giving in to discouragement? All because you think that time is going by and there is no progress? Consider Ephesians 6:18 and take courage: the Lord exhorts you to pray with all perseverance. Just Like the quoted widow confronting the unjust judge, today, God is positioning you before this tenacious problem. May this widow serve an example to you and persevere in prayer (Romans 12: 12c)!
Also, like the example of Peter in prison in Acts 12: 5-10 the Bible says that the Church kept praying to God and eventually Peter was miraculously freed from captivity. You also, do not stop! Have faith and pray without ceasing! “Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise: “For yet a little while, And He who is coming will come and will not tarry.” (Hebrews 10: 35-37).
God will soon visit you. Persevere!
May God bless youBeloved
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