The word persistence means continuing without change in function or structure. Most of the times our persistence is complain. Words like I pay my tithe, I perform all my duties as a child of God, why can’t You answer me Lord?
The word of God cannot lie. The scripture says, ‘‘And He said to them, which of you have a friend and go to him at midnight and say to him, friend, lend me three loaves for a friend of mine has come to me on his journey and I have nothing to set before him and he will answer from within and say, do not trouble me, the door is now shut and my children are with me in bed, I cannot rise and give to you? I say to you, though he will not rise and give because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will rise and give him as many as he needs – Luke 11 : 5 – 11.
To be persistence, we should remain faithful, keep on believing, no diversion of mind, no frustration, be patient, keep your finger cross and remind yourself that He created you in His own image and you were not created for failure but rather success.
Jesus placed emphasis on persistence again and said, ”There was in a certain city a judge who did not fear God nor regard man. Now there was a widow in that city and she came to him, saying, get justice for me from my adversary. And he would not for a while, but afterward he said within himself, though I do not fear God nor regard man, yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me. Then the Lord said, hear what the unjust judge said. And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth? – Luke 18 : 2 – 8.
In our prayer to God, persistence, holiness, obedience, focus and faithfulness are the keys to speedy response. The Lord expect us to ”pray without ceasing” – 1 Thessalonians 5 : 17.
O Lord my God, thank You for Your words to us everyday. Give us the grace to be persistent in our prayer to You in Jesus name.