Why is perseverance in Prayer so important?

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ

Why is perseverance in prayer so important to us as believers? I have battled with this question on numerous occasions in my walk with Christ. As you can see, I have not always pushed through until I receive the answers that I was seeking from the lord. Often I would pray, (popcorn style, short sweet and to the point) then I would move on.

I often gave up way to early and probably missed out on a lot of things that God had intended to give to me, but what I have learnt from consistently seeking God and asking him to teach me to pray is that he does a transforming work in my heart on the way to that answered prayer.

What do I mean by that, well if I pray for something today, I might not necessarily be ready for it today, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. God knows as he can see my heart, he knows when it is the perfect time for me to receive an answer to my prayer as well.

He can see that if what I have asked for will in the end bring me harm or be for my benefit and for the benefit of others.

Sometimes the answer to a prayer might be immediate, No, it is not good for you. Or it might come as a wait, or it may come as a yes but wait, or a yes right now.

On the road of that prayer though, as I seek God for his perfect will in my life he sets about doing a few things in my life.

• He helps me to gain a fresh perspective and insight on making the wisest choices.

• He fills me with his peace and confidence as I know that he has heard me and will take care of me and my needs.

• He fills my heart with his love and contentment in him as I wait on him for his answer.

• He teaches me to sit still and be in reverent submission to him and his will for my life

• He helps me to mature in my spirit as I seek him with all of my heart.

Matthew 6:33

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

When we get down to prayer in our lives, remember that we are to seek diligently the will of God, who has put on this earth to bring light and life to a dying world around us. When we are seeking God for things that are purely selfish we cannot expect a yes answer, but when we are seeking God according to his will, he will gladly give us the yes that we need.

I read something once and it said that when we pray, and seek the lord on behalf of another person, we have essentially put one hand on our hearts and the other on the throne of God as we carry the burdens of the people to Him.

Filed under: Discipleship