“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education alone will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.” Calvin Coolidge.
Sarah’s husband died suddenly in his sleep in their house. He exhibited no signs of health problems and went to bed the last night of his life wrapped in Sarah’s arms. He was the last male in the family line, so the family name would soon vanish from the town. Her two daughters married the year after their father died and moved to foreign countries to live with their husbands’ families.
The last few years had been rough on Sarah. She felt the pangs of loneliness and abandonment most of the time. She and her husband were lifelong companions and had known each other since childhood. They lived across the street from each other growing up.
One afternoon her next-door neighbor knocked on her door. He said he wanted to buy her house. His son was getting married, he told her, and the neighbor wanted his son and her bride to live near him so the family could all be together in one place.
Sarah refused. She told her neighbor this was her only home and she had no family to take her in. The neighbor handed her a piece of paper he called a contract and said since her husband was no longer living and could not support her, she had to sell the property and move.
Sarah was furious. She went to a judge in town and asked him to help her seek justice and keep the house. He refused. He told her the law was the law and there was nothing he could do. The next week she returned to the judge pleading with him to give her justice. He turned her away again. Members of the neighbor’s family vandalized her home and spread vicious rumors about Sarah in town. Every week for three months Sarah showed up in court with the same plea.
Finally the judge relented. “All right, all right,” he told her. “If I give you your justice will you leave me alone and never come to my courtroom again? Otherwise, you’ll keep coming and wear me out.”
She got justice because she persisted to ask for it.
Jesus told the crowd He was teaching in Luke 18:7, “Listen to what the judge says. Won’t God grant his chosen people justice when they cry out to him day and night? Is he slow to help them? I tell you, He will give them justice quickly.”
As I was thinking about this devotional I wondered how many times I started praying for someone or something and then quit? How many times had I given up praying because I didn’t see the results I expected? How many times had I not prayed at all? How many times had I told someone, “I’ll pray for you,” and then didn’t?
The parable of the is teaching me the value of persistence in my prayer life and my daily life as well. God has promised us He will grant us justice quickly, or anything else we are seeking that is part of His plan and purpose for us.
Praying without ceasing means don’t stop, don’t cross people and your petitions off your prayer list until you get an answer, then be sure to record the answer God gave you. Don’t tell someone you’ll pray for them if you don’t intend to. Our persistent prayers help us focus on God and not our circumstances. Our persistent prayers keep us in intimate communion with God. Our persistent prayers release the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
A second part, however, is just as important as our persistent prayer. We have to believe that God is who He says He is and He’ll do what He says He will do. Do you believe it?
Do you know Jesus as your Lord and Savior? He can and will work everything in your life out for your good. Why not surrender to Him and allow Him to live His life through you? He could be your best friend and show you things about yourself and about Him that you could never imagine. If you’d like to know more about Jesus just follow this link. He can change your life forever and give you Eternal Life.
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