Have you been praying and nothing happened? Have you prayed, and prayed and prayed and things are getting worse, not better? Are you about to give up on prayer? There are times when we can be easily discouraged not seeing immediate results. Let’s look at the parable Jesus mentioned and see what the Lord Himself tells us about prayer.
A Story We can Learn from
Luke 18:1-8 is a very popular passage of the Bible, Jesus gave a parable that is applicable to the Christian life. The parable is about a persistent widow. One unique thing about this woman is that she did not give up trying. Jesus used this because it’s a fact that nothing in this life will be easy but then we must be connected to the superior power. This Judge in this story can be likened unto God and the woman is the Christians. We can see that this woman didn’t stop going to meet the judge until she was attended to properly.
It is true they say, “Winners never quit and quitters will never win,” but it is also true that everybody in this world will be faced with challenges that can cause one to lose hope. The difference between the believers and the non-believers is we believers have a strong backup which is Jesus. We stay focused and never to be frustrated. Before there could be any thought of giving up, there would have been troubles, problems, and trials. God sometimes allow these things to happen to us to test obedience. God allowed Job to be tested to see if he would curse Him, but Job remained faithful to God to the end. If you are going through hard times, just consider the reward – for every work, there is a reward. If we can go through these hard times in life and we persevere, it builds our faith and makes us stronger. This is the time we should increase the intensity of our prayer.
It’s a thing to pray and yet it is another thing to be persistent in prayer. We don’t know what we might face in the next hour, and that is why we must not stop talking to God. Communicating with God is what Christians must not joke with. The English dictionary states prayer as “a solemn request for help or an expression of thanks to a superior being.” This means any request you make from someone superior to you is called prayer. It could be in the form of asking or giving thanks for what has been done for you.
Communication is Important in a Relationship
Sometimes we find it difficult to pray every day, this may be due to limited time. We always have one thing or the other to do. But no matter how busy we are, we still get to communicate with people, and business partners, or anyone we are in a relationship with. Communication is an important thing in a relationship. It helps the relationship to grow because you will be able to pour out your mind to your partner – when communication dies, the relationship dies. In this same manner, to build a strong relationship with God, we must make sure the communication doesn’t die. The way we can communicate with God effectively is through prayer. God Himself wants us to speak with Him as a friend, He wants us to call to Him. Jeremiah 33:3 “Call to Me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.”
Are our Feelings Make the Right Predictions?
Another reason we why we may get tired of praying is because we rely on our feeling, we believe we can do it all alone without the necessity of asking God for help. The parable Jesus gave in the book of Luke 18 about the widow, every time I read this story, I relate it to what’s happening right now – if anyone needs justice and then he or she was being pushed around, it would be easy for the person to give up. Sometimes when we ask people for something and they keep postponing the time they will grant our request, we tend to give up. This widow was not like that, she was persistent, she continued to go to the judge. She knew she would get the answer someday. This is what Jesus wants from us, He doesn’t want us to give up – answers to our prayers are on the way.
Jesus has always been telling us to pray. Luke 18:1 “Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart.” You should be like that widow that will never give up on God. It’s time you stand to your feet and let the devil know you are strong, let him know you are not giving up. Jesus could have refused to say nothing on prayer but He was more concerned about it. In this life, there will be struggles, there will be challenges that will face us heavily. Jesus has told us these things that will happen. That is why He repeated it again in Matthew 26:41 “Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
Quitting is Not an Option
This parable is to encourage Christians to continue praying. Jesus knew that doing all these works He gave us to do, there would be challenges, temptations and trials, and unpleasant situations but He told us never to stop working. John 16:33 “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth, you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” If we want to be identified with Christ, if we want to be more than a conqueror, then we must never lose hope and never quit – quit is never an option for any believer. A wonderful example of someone who never gave up is the widow in the Bible. The widow kept appealing to the Judge to give her justice against her enemies until the judge answered her.
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God is Not Silent
God has a good plan for us, it is a plan that when it comes to past, people will choose to follow our God and give Him the glory – through that, we are expanding. But in this world, everything seems hard, there are forces that are raging, they want to limit us and bring us down and that is why Paul warned in Ephesians 6:12 “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” These are the powers that will want to confine us or restrict us from spreading the power of God. Don’t think God is silent to your prayers, He hears them.
Believing is Not Seeing
Most of the time we rely on the popular saying, “seeing is believing.” For this reason, we feel we are wasting our time since we are not seeing the result. The damage this will cause is that it will make us give up on prayer and God himself. What we need is faith, without this faith we can’t please God and if God is not pleased with us, our prayers might have no impact.
Praise Jesus & Do Not Give Up
In whatever you do, just don’t stop praying – “pray without ceasing.” If it seems the answers to your prayers are not coming forth, don’t stop praying still. Don’t let the feeling of “I want it now” take over you that you begin to feel God is not listening to you when you pray. The answer to your prayer may be delayed due to some reasons that you might not know too. James 4:3 “You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.” When this happens, the best thing to do is to praise God instead of giving up because all things work together for good. Romans 8:28.
A.W. Tozer said, “sometimes I go to God and say, “God, if thou dost never answer another prayer while I still live on this earth, I will still worship thee as long as I live in the ages to come for what thou hast done already.” God has already put me in debt that if I were to live one million millenniums I couldn’t pay him for what he has done for me.”
If you have been encouraged please comment below. If you struggle in not seeing results, let me know. I will pray for you.