Posted by: missionventureministries | May 19, 2010

WHY DO WE KEEP PRAYING?

What keeps us from praying when it looks as if God is not hearing us?

In my case I have looked back many times and said “thank you Lord, Your answer was and is amazing!” Some of us may not get our answers until we get to heaven, but the one thing I am certain of, is that God answers prayers no matter how the situation looks at the moment.

We confirm our faith in God by praying and waiting. Sometimes the answers come amazingly quick and other times we have to wait. One of the key indicators of the strength of our faith is that we continue to wait before God when the answer is slow in coming.

There is one particular passage in the Bible where the Canaanite woman came to Jesus and she was pleading with Jesus to heal her demon-possessed daughter and “Jesus did not answer a word.” She continued crying, but Jesus remained silent.

When He did speak, His words were not encouraging. “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.”  However, she did not give up and her prayers were answered.

There are two times where Jesus speaks of someone’s great faith, and this lady was one of them. This gives us courage to be persistent when we pray,  and not to give up.  Jesus told this mother: “You have great faith! Your request is granted!” (Matthew 15:28).

Paul talks about “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). When Christians pray the perfect will of God, they never cease to pray, and never will until the return of Jesus. They may not see any change or improvement for long periods of time. Things may even grow worse. Nevertheless, they don’t cease to lift prayers to the Lord regarding that seemingly impossible problem.

Luke 18:1-8 reads, “Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared about men. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’

 “For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care about men, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually wear me out with her coming!’ ”

 And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. . .”

If the persistence of one widow moved an unjust earthly judge, how much more will the persistent prayers of an entire body of believers move their Lord Jesus, the righteous Judge?

 

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