Monday, January 15, 2018

Luke 18:1, 1 Thessalonians 1:2, 2:13, 5:16-17 NIV 2011

Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.

We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers.

And we also thank God continually…

Rejoice always, pray continually…

 

Jesus told His disciples the parable of the persistent widow so they would not give up when praying. Luke 18:5, “yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice.” The widow sought justice with her whole heart and continued until she received it. Paul began his letter by continually mentioning them in His prayers. He emphasized and thanked God continually because God wanted to be constantly involved in the lives of believers. In closing his first letter, Paul instructed the faithful to rejoice, pray, give thanks. Persistence in prayer is at the heart of believer’s prayer, pray without ceasing.

 

How many times has God pursued me without ceasing? All those years when I choose to go my own way, looking back I can see His hand. A parent of girls and now a grandparent with grandchildren, I’m persistent in prayer for each family member. God persistently places family and friends on my heart to pray for each on different occasions. God has called me to be His prayer warrior. Being persistent is at the heart of my daily prayers.

 

Why does God call us to persist in prayer?

 

God is persistent,

S

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