PERSISTENCE IN PRAYER

By David Wilkerson
[May 19, 1931 – April 27, 2011]

Some Bible teachers claim it is unbelief for us to ask God for the same request
over and over. No—that is wrong and it has weakened the faith of multitudes.
God commands us to ask, seek, fast—and cry out in effectual, earnest
supplication (see Matthew 7:7).

From the very beginning, true servants have turned God’s promises into
prayers:

* Jesus knew His Father had promised all things to Him before the foundation
of the world, yet Christ still spent hours praying for God’s will to be done
on earth. He even told a parable illustrating persistence in prayer. It
involved an “importunate widow” who kept demanding justice from a judge
until she got it (see Luke 18:1-8).
* God gave Ezekiel wonderful prophecies about Israel’s restoration,
promising that the nation’s ruins would become as the Garden of Eden. Yet the
Lord said His Word would not be fulfilled without prayer: “I will yet for this
be inquired of by the house of Israel, to do it for them” (Ezekiel 36:37). In
other words, “I’ve made you a promise but I want you to pray it to pass.
Seek Me with all your heart, until you see it fulfilled. I will deliver—but
first you must ask.”
* Daniel had read God’s promise to Jeremiah (Daniel 9:2) that after seventy
years Israel would be restored. When Daniel saw the appointed year arrive, he
could have waited in faith for God to fulfill His promise but instead, that
godly man fell on his face and prayed for two weeks—until he saw the Lord
bring everything to pass.

In the Old Testament, Israel’s priest carried on his breastplate the names of
all the tribes of Israel. This signified that the people’s needs were
continually on the priest’s heart in prayer. To Christians today, this
provides a wonderful image of Christ carrying us in His heart and presenting
our needs to the Father. Moreover, every Christian today is a priest unto the
Lord and we are always to carry the needs of others in our hearts (see James
5:14-16).

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Read this devotion online: http://sermons.worldchallenge.org/en/node/27045?src=devo-email

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