Consistency in Prayer

I have some family and friends for whom I pray every week.  There are some specific needs that I lift up to the Lord and I also pray that in general these loved ones will be strong physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

I believe that consistency in our prayer life is something that most Christians do not emphasize enough. Sometimes we are quick to merely mention something to the Lord and fail to check back or bring it up again until a lot of time has passed.  This is not the model for prayer that we find in the scriptures.  Jesus talks about the importance of consistency and persistence in Luke 18.  He tells of an unrighteous judge who was constantly petitioned by a widow who needed legal protection.  Finally, the judge gave in simply because of the widow’s persistent pleas for help.  He wanted her to go away.  Jesus followed that parable by saying in Luke 18:6

Luke 18:6  And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge *said; 7  now, will not God bring about justice for His elect who cry to Him day and night, and will He delay long over them? 8  “I tell you that He will bring about justice for them quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?”

I do not know what you may be praying for this week but I know that you should exercise your faith and be persistent.  I know that you should not give up.  I know that you should boldly go to the throne of grace regularly and seek wisdom, strength and provision from the Lord God.  The Lord expects and respects the consistency of prayers and supplication by the faithful.  He answers the prayers of His children.  The answers you receive will not be given just to make you go away, but they will come in an effort to draw you even closer to Him.

Blessings to you and your family.

About pastorpstephens

I have been blessed to have served as a pastor, a chaplain and to have been involved in other ministries throughout the years. My wife Marta and I have been blessed with a wonderful family that includes our daughter, her husband and their two daughters and our son and his wife and their son. Each of them are very special to us so please keep them all in your prayers. One truth that I always try to share with people I meet is that anything God asks you to do, He will help you to do. God has your back.
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