And there was a widow in that city that kept coming to him and saying, “Give me justice against my adversary.” Luke 18 :3
The Bible says much about prayer. Pray consistently, pray until you are answered, pray until the day you die. Sometimes we think we prayed a great prayer, and then think that was good enough… but NO!! We must continue and pursue God. We must be persistent.
On the trip home from my very first mission trip to Grenada I was detained by the government from coming home. This detainment was not random. Before this trip for many years I prayed and asked that I be made pure, that any sins of my past were made new and fresh. That I was brought to light. This detainment brought forth a few things from my past that needed to be cleared up. I sat in this detainment cell and shared the gospel with Francisco. We talked for quite a while as this detainment was not quick and speedy. As I shared we talked about Faith. He asked Why are you not afraid? I answered Jesus has got this. I need not worry because this is all for his glory. If I were not here to share Jesus with you that would be a greater sin. We prayed and Francisco received Christ and was subsequently released as was I .
I had a few things to clear up… things I had prayed for years to be rectified. I wanted these things cleared up. This detainment gave me an opportunity to share and also to receive an answer to years of prayer. The experience was not easy, on the contrary it was hard. But with persistent prayer it was answered. Just like the persistent widow, it wasn’t easy but every day she went to the judge and asked for justice. After a good amount of time she was granted just that.
So I ask you what is in your heart that you are asking God for? Is it justice? Is it clarity? Ask for it, daily. Pray without ceasing. Be persistent in your prayer.
Personal Application: What is something you need to persistently pray about?
Home Application: Maybe your family or loved ones have a situation that you are praying for. Remind them to never stop praying. Be persistent.
What does persistent praying say to God about our request?
Devotional written by Luis Holguin.