A Persistent Prayer

Keith Knight

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

War Room was a 2015 Christian film that was a box office success. The movie was entitled, 'War Room' because, like the military, we should seek God for the right strategy before going into combat. By combat, we think of the daily issues we face in our culture. The movie follows a couple who seemingly had it all; great jobs, a beautiful daughter, their dream home. But appearances can be deceiving. In reality, their marriage had become a war zone and their daughter was collateral damage. As the movie progresses, we find that the power of prayer and a newly energized faith can transform a life and a family.

Prayer is a wonderful privilege. We can pray anytime or anywhere. Daniel prayed in a cave filled with hungry lions. The apostle Paul prayed when he was in a dungeon in chains. Peter prayed on the surface of the water. And Jonah prayed under the water. So wherever you are, you can pray.

But maybe you have you been praying about something for a long time, and nothing has happened. Maybe it is a legitimate request; you are asking God for His wisdom or provision, yet it seems your prayer is going unanswered.

Being a persistent prayer warrior and not giving up does not mean endless or painfully long prayer sessions. Constant prayer means keeping our requests continually before God and live for Him daily, believing that He will answer. When we live by faith, we don’t give up. We pray without ceasing! God may delay answering, but His delays always have good reasons. By being persistent in prayer, we grow in our character development, our faith is exercised, and our hope is anchored in Christ.

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