January 15, 2022

Persistent in Prayer


And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.

Luke 11:9-10 NLT



There is a powerful prayer principle called persistence. Jesus actually taught His followers to be persistent in their prayers. Jesus gave two stories to illustrate our need for persistence. In this chapter in Luke, Jesus told the story of a person who has company arrive during the night, and he didn’t have enough food. He asked his neighbor if he could borrow some bread. The neighbor yelled that he was in bed. But the man kept knocking, and eventually, the neighbor gave him the bread because of his persistence.

The other story was of a widow who wanted justice from a wicked king. The king blew her off, but she kept showing up. Eventually, the king told someone to help her so she would stop bothering him. Her persistence paid off.

Jesus said both stories are examples of how we are to pray. It is important to note I don’t believe our persistence is to overcome reluctance in God. I believe there is a spiritual principle in us that must be moved when we decide we aren’t giving up. We are in for the long haul. We are going to pray until we see the answer.

Sometimes we must be persistent to overcome spiritual forces that are attempting to block God’s answers, such as Daniel in Daniel 11. Other times, it is God working something in us, developing faith or strength in us so He can do His work through us.

I believe learning to persist in prayer is an exercise in spiritual maturity and growth. I have things on my prayer list that have remained there for years. I’m still praying and expecting.

I prayed for years for our church to be debt-free. It looked impossible in the natural. Then God stepped in, and in 18 months, we paid off $5.5 million in debt.

Fighting through the waiting is a growth journey. You have to grow your faith in the waiting room of life. You know God is able, and you don’t know why He doesn’t do it. But as you wait, you grow, mature, and learn lessons that are vital after the miracle comes.

Don’t waste the waiting room. Let it be a classroom of growth.



Holy Spirit, help me to never give up. Help me have enough faith to be persistent in prayer regardless of how long it takes.

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