“Always pray and never give up” (Luke 18:1). There are some prayers that are answered immediately and some that take time to fulfill. We may never know why some prayers take longer to come to pass, but Jesus tells the disciples the importance of being persistent in their prayers. He told them a parable of the persistent widow who was seeking justice. At first the judge ignored her, but eventually he gave her justice because of her constant requests (Luke 18:1-8).
Our Father is looking for people like the widow who won’t give up because they aren’t seeing the answer come quickly. He wants us to persevere through the process. Keep praying and believing that at the right time your request can be met.
8. True prayer pleads for others.
It can be easy to become selfish in our prayers and forget to include others, our church, or even worship for God.
In John 17, we see Jesus pleading to God for His disciples. He knows that His time on earth was coming to an end and yet He thought enough of His disciples to pray for their protection. But He didn’t stop there, because He also remembered us.
Jesus said, “I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message. I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me” (John 17:20-21).
True prayer will remember others and plead for them. The Lord has entrusted you with some people in your world, remember them in your prayers. Stand in the gap for others.
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