Perseverance in Prayer

Psalms 55:16-17As for me, I will call upon God; and the LORD shall save me. Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.”

While waiting to be seated at a very popular resturaunt, I could not help but hear complaints arise from a couple as to the time they would have to wait. They began to snip at the waitstaff and grew more discontented by the minute. Their complaining began to make everyone uncomfortable. Finally, they were seated and all of us breathed a sigh of relief.

Our society today is trained for immediate gratification. To have to wait longer than our spirit will endure, opens those around us to our displeasure with glaring looks, heavy sighs, and even verbal abuse. We are put out with traffic that impedes our normal travel time to work and road rage has become far more commonplace.

Waiting in line for ‘fast food’ people complain. Waiting in the drive through for their coffee brings out the worst in some who are so addicted to caffeine. Having patience and longsuffering with the cashier in training challenges our spirit. We want it now!

Sad to say, we as saved children of God transfer that impatience to our Heavenly Father when things don’t go our way or aren’t coming fast enough or soon enough to suit us.

Prayer is a litmus test for such a thing.

When was the last time we spent more than 5-10 minutes in prayer?

How long are the times between prayer? Are they minutes, hours, days or weeks?

When we finally settle in to pray, is it the laundry list that we recite to God?

Many of us have lost loved ones who, without salvation wil spend an eternity in hell. We pray and have prayed. Often, we feel that they will never get saved. They have pushed us away, used excuse after excuse and pretty much neglected every chance we took to give them the gospel.

We feel the sulphurus breath of our enemy as he whispers in our ear; “Why do you waste your time? They won’t get saved… It’s wasted energy.” When no fruit seems to come we are tempted to give in and give up. When our expectations limit God to a time and a place, we fail to see the reason we were brought to this place.

Prayer is not only to change who and what it is we are praying for – but it changes us as well.

Psalms 27:14Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.”

Psalms 130:5I wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope.”

I am hoping you have taken some time in prayer today.

There is not a relationship we hold dear that would survive the amount of time we give to God in prayer. Yet, we expect that when we do pray, He should snap to and answer right away! I have come to cherish the sweet times in conversation with my Heavenly Father.

Talking through my problems; talking with Him about the future; asking how to look at a certain situation or circumstance – all becomes clear after a thoughful, meditative time with God. But, when we want something, are we able to fervently pray?

James 5:16Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”

There are those in our life who are depending on our prayers. May we not complain or let impatience rise to dry our spirits. May we be ablaze with the fire of being in His presence and pray as if everything depended on us.

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