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Persistence in Prayer

I fear that we who truly love Jesus and desire to glorify Him have allowed the devil to rob us of the potential we have in prayer by giving us fear of creeping into error.  For example, we have so feared the Word-Faith movement that we are scared to talk about faith or to talk about faith in prayer.  We hear someone talk about faith and we think instantly about the errors of the Word-Faith movement and we no longer want to hear about faith.

This same error has come over in our understanding of prayer.  We have allowed the errors of the Word-Faith movement to rob us of true praying.  Instead, prayer has become a vein ritual we perform (or not).  We fear asking God even though the Word calls us to ask (Matthew 7:7; James 4:2-3).  We fear that asking means that we are moving toward the errors of the Word-Faith movement.  When we do pray we don’t pray in faith (Mark 11:22-24) trusting that our Father is able to do what we cannot.  We also don’t pray for marvelous things (such as healings) because we fear that we are moving beyond the Word of God into error.

As I was reading from Luke 11, I again noticed the words of Jesus in verse 8:

I tell you, though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his impudence he will rise and give him whatever he needs.

Notice that Jesus says that we are to pray with impudence.  Other translations use “persistence” (NASB; NIV).  The King James Version uses “importunity” which is a rich word.  The Greek word is “Anaideia” which means “without shame.”  It means to be reckless or disregard of consideration by the one making the request (from the Key Word Study Bible).  The word for “ask” in Luke 11:9 has a focus on a beggar asking for alms (see Matthew 6:2) and not demanding something.  As children of God, we have access through Christ Jesus our Lord to come boldly before the Father in prayer (Hebrews 4:16).  We depend on the grace of God to help us to pray and like beggars, we come before our Father trusting in Him and not demanding something of God but trusting in Him to provide and meet our needs and to glorify His name (1 John 5:14-15).

There is something then to be said about praying to the Father and trusting God for mighty things.  I have no fear in praying for healings, for Him to save lost sinners, for Him to glorify His name, for His kingdom to come.  I find myself praying Psalm 110:1 often for the nations.  I find myself praying for God to grant me faith to pray for mighty things and trust Him in mighty ways.  This is not some Word-Faith praying but this is biblical praying.  Let’s take back what the devil stole from us.  We have faith.  We have authority in the name of Jesus.  We have the right to come into the presence of the Father through the Lord Jesus Christ (John 14:13-14).  If prayer is just a religious ritual we perform, why do we read the words of Paul the Apostle in Philippians 4:6-7?  Read Philippians 4:6-7:

6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Notice Paul wrote “in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving” then we can “let your requests be made known to God.”  As we pray in faith, trusting in our Father in heaven, Paul says in verse 7 that the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

That is power!

As a child of God, I can ask, receive and knock (Luke 11:9-10).  If earthly fathers, being evil, give good gifts to their children (Luke 11:11-13) what about our holy Father in heaven?  If earthly dads give because their children ask then what about the Father in heaven?  The Father loves His beloved and He will give to His children what is good and what is holy.

In conclusion, Jesus was a mighty prayer warrior (Luke 11:1).  I have no doubt that Jesus performed miracles because He was God manifested in the flesh (John 1:1, 14) but I also know that He trusted in His Father (Acts 10:38).  Notice that right after this, Jesus performed mighty miracles (Luke 11:14).  Is there a link between Jesus praying to His Father and the mighty miracles He performed?  I think so.  Again, I grant that Jesus was God but He prayed to His Father and His Father worked through Him for His glory.  The Father heard the prayers of the Son (Hebrews 5:7-10).  Will He not hear our prayers through the Son?

My prayer is that the Lord will teach me how to pray.  I have prayed Luke 11:1 many times.  I want the Master to teach me to pray.  I am grateful for the example that Jesus left me about prayer but I want to pray myself to the Father in Jesus’ name for His glory and honor.  I pray that the Father not only meet my needs but that He would be exalted by answering my prayers that are focused on His glory.  I want to pray mighty prayers that exalt Jesus Christ who prays for me before the throne of God (Hebrews 7:25).

I say that we take back true faith.  I say we take back praying bold prayers.  I say we take back praying with persistence.  I say that we take back praying for healings and truly believing God to do the impossible (Luke 1:37).

Written by The Seeking Disciple

10/06/2015 at 10:00 AM

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  1. “My prayer is that the Lord will teach me how to pray.” I have the same prayer. A timely message!

    Bob Hunter

    10/06/2015 at 12:48 PM

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