January 20, 2022
You should persevere in prayer not because you think you need to badger God until God gives us what you what. Prayer causes us to focus on God and his commitment to us. 2 Timothy 1:12 tells us, “For which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.” Rather, we pray because we know that God cares and hears us. In order to be recipients of the abundant blessings Jesus has for us, we need to be constantly walking with God. Prayer is an essential component of life with God. Prayer involves asking God for what you need and knowing that He will provide. Persistence is needed in prayer. In other words, don’t give up! Hang in there and keep on praying in faith. Prayer is based on faith in God. You pray because you believe He is real and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
Luke 18 begins with a parable that we commonly call the Parable of the Persistent widow. It is found only in the Gospel of Luke. Jesus introduces a very human judge who did not fear God or respect people. The story of the unrighteous judge and the widow teaches that if an unrighteous, secular judge will finally hear your appeals, how much more will your appeals be heard by your heavenly Father, who loves you and cares about you supremely. The constancy in prayer is stressed by arguing from the lesser judge to the greater God. Your prayers are heard by your heavenly Father, who loves you and cares about you supremely. There was a lady who lived way out in a rural community in Wales. And she went to a great deal of trouble and expense to have electricity brought to her home. However, after a couple of months, the electric company noticed she didn’t seem to use very much electricity at all. A meter reader came out to inspect if something was wrong. He knocked on the door and the lady came to the door. He said, “We just checked your meter and it doesn’t seem that you’re using much electricity. Is there a problem?” She said, “Oh no. We’re quite satisfied. We turn on the lights every night to see how to light our lamps and then switch them off again.” Now this lady believed in electricity. She believed the promises of the electric company when they told her about it. She went to a great deal of trouble to get the electricity. But she didn’t understand the potential of the electricity in her home. The result is she used it sparingly. Don’t make the same mistake. Pray without ceasing to the God who works without ceasing and He will hear and answer! This article is dedicated to all those who are seeking and to a dear friend who prays persistently. He hears your prayers. God bless you all!
In Jesus’ love,
Dr. Jerry Light