Always Pray and Never Give Up
Luke 18 v 1 – 8: The Parable of the Persistent Widow
1 Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. 2 He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared about men.3 And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’4 “For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care about men,5 yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually wear me out with her coming!’ “6 And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. 7 And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? 8 I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”
Have you given up on prayer?
Prayer can be compared to sowing seeds, seed, time and harvest.
The farmer never stops sowing and watering his seeds, if he does there will be no harvest.
Do you feel overwhelmed?
Are you weighed down?
Are you tired and exhausted physically and emotionally.
God has your life in His hands and he cares for you. He longs for you to lay your burdens down at His feet.
Are you laying your burdens, pains, disappointments, fertility issues down or complaining or wining about it?
Please play the song on the you tube link below and I pray that you will learn to go to the rock that is higher than any mountain you face.
1 Thessalonians 5 v 17 – 18
16 Be joyful always; 17 pray continually; 18 give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
To be joyful is not to be happy. Happiness is circumstantial but Joy is not. Joy is based on inner peace you have when you become a Christian.
What is God’s will for you?:
He wants you to:
Be joyful always……
Give thanks in all circumstances.
But the enemy wants the exact opposite so he puts roadblocks in your way to ensure you are depressed, tired of praying and overwhelmed with your issues.
You have to remember that the devil is a thief and he comes to steal, kill and destroy but be encouraged with the word in John 10 v 10: The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; but I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
Winston Churchill’s take on the war against Hitler:
We have before us an ordeal of the most grievous kind. We have before us many, many long months of struggle and of suffering. You ask, what is our policy? I can say: It is to wage war, by sea, land and air, with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us; to wage war against a monstrous tyranny, never surpassed in the dark, lamentable catalogue of human crime. That is our policy. You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word: It is victory, victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory, however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival.
Sir Winston Churchill
Question for you – What is your policy?
We fight the war against the enemy and we win in Jesus name. You are called to battle but you are destined to win only if you make up your mind up to win! Remember that the price for your Victory has already been paid by Jesus Christ! He said he came to give you abundant life! 🙂
It is important that you pray in agreement husband and wife to determine God’s will for you as a family.
“Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven.For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.”Matthew 18 v 19 – 20
The Lord hears the cry of his Children: Exodus 2 v 23 – 25
23 During that long period, the king of Egypt died. The Israelites groaned in their slavery and cried out, and their cry for help because of their slavery went up to God. 24 God heard their groaning and he remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac and with Jacob. 25 So God looked on the Israelites and was concerned about them.
Never stop praying, this is the only way we win!
The enemy wants to shut our mouths and stop us praying because he knows that prayer moves mountains and it depicts our faith in God.
In my pain I prayed, I will sing in prayer, write my prayers down in my journal verbatum. There is power in prayer, and God is always waiting to hear us pour our hearts out to Him.
When I couldn’t speak to a friend and sometimes my husband as supportive as he was throughout the period of waiting. It was always a privilege to take all to Lord in prayer, my pain, my groaning, all my thoughts I open up to my Father.
I came across my journals and I am amazed at all my prayers as I wrote them down as I prayed as far back as 2002, 2003 all the way. I saw prayers I prayed during the time of waiting and nothing happened, and then my first pregnancy, prayer after my miscarriage, prayer during my ectopic pregnancy, and after, prayers for all the different operations I had to undertake.
I see now it was the strength I gained through prayer that sustained me through out all of those times when my body was under attack from the enemy!
I realised it was those time of waiting on the Lord that sustained my relationship with Jesus and gave me the strength from day to day. And even on those days when I felt I could take no more assaults from the enemy, waiting on the Lord and knowing my expectation was from Him kept me believing that He will come through for me.
We have to pray through the situation, the crying times, the sad times, times of loss, times of limbo, good times – all situation!
Prayer of Persistence
As a child of God you have a covenant right to all of the blessings of Abraham and that which the Lord has promised regarding your children, the fruit of your womb.
13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.”
14 He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit. Galatians 3 v 13 – 14
Since Jesus has taken care of the curse on the Calvary, now it is time for you to enforce in your life what Jesus has already provided for you. Let the devil know you are fed up with your current predicament and that you are intolerant to it. Let him know that you have drawn a battle line. It’s time to be militant about what belongs to you, your seed, your children! You need to become confident in your God and have a persistent determination to express what you believe.
I am reminded of Hannah in 1 Samuel 1 v 10 – 16 and how she prayed bitterly unto the Lord when she became utterly fed up with her situation. Year in year, year out she had visited Shiloh but this particular year she had enough. She made up her mind that enough is enough! The man of God accused her of being drunk with alcohol but this woman needed a miracle. In her persistence, she petitioned God and made a vow. The outcome of this desperate prayer was Samuel and 5 children upon her fulfilling her vow.
Have you got to the state where you know that enough is enough? if so you need to change your stance!
Do you know of the Syrophecian woman in Matthew 15 v 21 -28?
This woman when she approached Jesus about her daughter who was possessed, was given no attention at all. When Jesus responded sometime after he compared her to a dog and the fact that he was sent only to the lost sheep of Isreal.
How did this woman respond?
25 The woman came and knelt before him. “Lord, help me!” she said. 26 He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to their dogs.” 27 “Yes, Lord,” she said, “but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.”
Despite rejection and told she did not have a right to get her request answered, SHE FELL ON HER KNEES in desperation and persistence, WORSHIPED and PLEADED with God.
Sometimes we have to reason with God and have serious heart to heart discussion with Him. Jesus said she did not deserve his attention and help but she was PERSISTENT and SHE TOUCHED HIS HEART THROUGH WORSHIP.
What was the outcome of her persistence?
28 Then Jesus answered, “Woman, you have great faith!
Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour.
She received answer to her request and got a miracle for her child!
I am also reminded of another persistent individual in the Bible, Jacob:
Jacob in Genesis 32 v 24 – 28: was very persistent until he received his blessing.
24 So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak. 25 When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man. 26 Then the man said, “Let me go, for it is daybreak.” But Jacob replied, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” 27 The man asked him, “What is your name?” “Jacob,” he answered. 28 Then the man said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with men and have overcome.”
Prayer is the key to overcoming – if Jesus prayed while here on earth – then we too ought to always pray and not faint.
You need to stand firm on God’s promise and leave no room for compromise. Anything less than persistence is to yield to the enemy and doubt God’s ability to help you!
There are a number of prayer points to empower you to pray specifically for different stages of your journey on the right hand panel.