Persist and don’t lose heart

Then He spoke a parable to them; that men always ought to pray and not lose heart…Luke 18:1

I want what I want, and I want it now! Unfortunately it doesn’t always work like that and it’s really sad when we really need, not want, something. We can feel desperate, at the very least anxious. Depression might even set in.

Does God want us to give up? The straight answer is no. God wants us to trust in Him and persist in asking. Is this nagging? Call it what you want God will not get angry if you are persistent.

Jesus explained that there was an evil Judge that ignored the plea of a widow. She asked over and over for justice and never gave up. Finally he just had to hear and act on her behalf. Jesus further explained that God unlike the evil judge will gladly answer and give his children good gifts. But for reasons that are different in every case God may delay. However, he does not want us to give up hope. Paul also spoke of persistent prayer in Ephesians 6:18 and of praying without ceasing in 1 Thessalonians 5:17. If we must persist, the obvious implication is that we are not getting what we want right away.

Sometimes we are forced to wait because we are not ready. Image receiving a promotion too soon, it will only be to our detriment when we find ourselves incompetent in the role. On other occasions our prayers involve others who may not be ready for the great work God is going to do. Finally there are occasions when the blessing will be much greater at a future time.

We are not in a position to question God’s timing. What we must do is never give up. Keep on asking and never lose faith, in due time He will answer!

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