DayBreaks for 10/17/19: Stubborn Persistence
From the DayBreaks archive, October 2009:
Those who led the way rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” – Lk. 18:39
Have you ever given much thought to how often Jesus must have faced situations like the one in the verse above? Everywhere he went, he was surrounded by the sick, the infirm, the possessed…constantly pressing in on all sides. With grace beyond human comprehension, he ministered patiently, healing crowds that would give him no respite from the constant press and attention and demands.
In Luke 18, we see Jesus’ disciples trying to get this infirm man to cease and desist with his yelling in his attempt to get Jesus’ attention. As Michael Card put it: “Jesus should not have had time for such people. The blind man’s stubborn insistence to keep on crying out to Jesus is what makes me love him so much. I believe it’s why Jesus seems to have been delighted by him as well. He sits there forsaken, in his own dark world, crying out for a gift he knows he does not deserve. He cries out for mercy. His cry is the perfect prayer, because it is the simplest request for what is most critical. It asks from God what is most essential. It is a plaintive cry for a piece of God’s own heart.” – from Joy in the Journey Through the Year, 2007
We are to be persistent in prayer, in our crying out to Jesus. I fear that we lack a great deal, especially here in America, of the “stuff” that makes for persistence. If we try something a few times and don’t get the result we had hoped for, we are more tempted to quit than to redouble our efforts and keep plugging away. We speak about “beating our head against the wall” as if it were a bad thing. It’s not. It’s also called persistence. Remember the story about the man who had unexpected company arrive in the middle of the night, and how the homeowner went next door and beat on the door until the neighbor finally gave him bread and sent him back home to feed his unexpected guests? Jesus says that’s a model for us to emulate in our prayer life.
You may have prayed 5 times, 10 times, 20 times or more for something you desperately wanted. Is that persistence? Or is persistence praying until you receive it? Of course, our prayers must be tempered by the knowledge that He knows what is good and best and we don’t – but I fear that we often give up WAY too soon. If we prayed for 70 years for the same thing – especially for something like the salvation of a friend or family member – is that too long? Not when we consider eternity.
We must not give up praying for our lost friends and family. We must learn to be stubbornly persistent in our prayers – and you can start today!
PRAYER: Lord, we will not give up praying for our lost friends and family. May we persevere and not give in to the discouragement that Satan wants us to feel! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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