3 Key Ingredients for Your Prayer Life
“Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart, saying: “There was in a certain city a judge who did not fear God nor regard man. Now there was a widow in that city; and she came to him, saying, ‘Get justice for me from my adversary.’ And he would not for a while; but afterward he said within himself, ‘Though I do not fear God nor regard man, yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.’ ”
Then the Lord said, “Hear what the unjust judge said. And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?”” Luke 18:1-8
The widow in the scriptures above is used by Jesus to teach us a lesson about prayer, right? But is that all? Please read the verses and see that this story isn’t just about prayer. It’s also about FAITH and PERSEVERANCE. It’s about NOT GIVING UP in PRAYING TO GOD with what? With FAITH.
I’m writing this in a hotel room in New Jersey. I am extremely thankful to the Lord for the hotel, and the hotel is truly the best I have stayed in over the past two years on the road for Jesus in the way of peace and quiet with a nice place along the water to take my walks with the doggies and most importantly with the Lord.
But I’d give almost anything to leave and find somewhere in a different
part of the country that would be much more affordable. Not to mention to discontinue my search for housing in New York City where the Lord is sending me back for another season of streets ministry there. But I am choosing obedience to the Lord over bowing down to my flesh which would love somewhere cheap, easy, with loved ones nearby, not to mention a warm winter climate.
How will I ever find the right place in New York City for just the period of time the Lord wants me there that will accept the ministry’s 4 special needs service doggies and will be in the location the Lord has chosen for me? And how will I carry on with this ministry when the support for so very long has been so very little?
PRAYER, right? But is that all? This story is also about what? PERSEVERANCE and FAITH. Three key ingredients. PRAYER. PERSEVERANCE. FAITH.
The Lord doesn’t answer our prayers according to our will. He answers them according to His will. For His glory. And our job is to PRAY TO HIM with PERSEVERANCE which comes with FAITH that HE WILL ANSWER according to what HE KNOWS IS BEST for us with the end result of BRINGING HIM GLORY!
Do you feel like giving up on something you’ve been praying about? Unless the Lord has spoken to your heart it’s time to stop praying and give up, please do as we learn in this story. PRAY. With PERSEVERANCE. That is borne of FAITH. KEEP ON PRAYING. Trusting the Lord will answer in His time according to His plan for His purpose for what? FOR HIS GLORY!
p.s. When it comes to New Jersey and New York, I know what to do. PRAY. PERSEVERE. BELIEVE. The Spirit of God who lives inside those who follow Jesus will lead me forth!
Please do the same. PRAY. PERSEVERE. BELIEVE. For as long as the Lord desires you to keep seeking Him about what you’re praying about. Remembering this. May the ultimate glory be HIS. AMEN! Yes, AMEN!
Let us draw near to the Lord – in PRAYER! With PERSEVERANCE! With FAITH! Experiencing His presence as we pray!