Pray over and over and over again

And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily… (Luke 18:7-8a NKJV)

When we pray, God listens. He hears and fundamentally that means He answers our prayers. In the Scripture preceding this passage we see the widow who persistently brings her petition to the judge. So many times that the judge finally says to himself, “Though I do not fear God nor regard man, yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.” (Luke 18:4-5) Praise the Lord that we do not make God weary with our prayers. God loves to hear our prayers. Yes, over and over and over again. We are persistent just like we were persistent as a child to our parents. We asked our parents until we got their attention and then asked again.  It’s the same when we are persistent with God.  We come to our Father knowing He delights in our expectant prayers. He delights that we come to Him, to have conversation with Him.  Does He hear our first prayer? Well, yes He does. And all those that follow. Even if they are the same prayer. Mark Batterson in his book, “The Circle Maker” said, “Praying hard looks like: knocking until your knuckles are raw, crying out until your voice is lost, pleading until your tears run dry. Praying hard is praying through. And if you pray through, God will come through.”

Dear Lord, help us to know that it is Your desire to answer our prayers. To come to You day and night and lay our burdens before You. We rejoice in knowing that our prayers never make You weary. Just the opposite. Our prayers reside in Your heart to answer. Help us to pray through until You come through. Hallelujah! In Jesus Name. AMEN

Don’t believe me, believe God!

Daniel 10:12 NKJV – Praying Through and Breaking Through

Then he said to me, “Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words.”

Wow. Imagine being able to talk with an angel. Here we see that Daniel was able to have a conversation, though short, with an angel who came to tell him not to be afraid. The angel had to come to settle Daniel’s heart and to reveal to him that spiritual warfare was being waged beyond Daniel’s understanding. The angel reveals the way Daniel’s prayers were processed. We learn here that it wasn’t until the 21st day that Daniel experienced the breakthrough. That is what Daniel faced. His prayer was at war. We are reminded in Ephesians 6:12,For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”

But here is the encouraging thing about this event, Daniel’s prayer was heard before the words even passed through his mouth or his voice, and God began to move on his behalf.

We, too, in our time of need, must continue in prayer until God brings the breakthrough. Does God hear us the first time we pray? Yes He does and every time after that. But God moves to answer your prayer even before you can comprehend His action. God loves you and cares for you so much that He moves on your behalf right away. God is already in your tomorrows; placing things and events and people in place to see that your prayer is answered. Will it take 21 days? I don’t know. But what I know is we can’t quit before we see the breakthrough. We can pray in holy confidence, knowing that with each prayer we are one prayer closer. Like with Daniel, that answer is on the way. Let’s keep on keeping on. Let’s keep praying!

Holy Lord, thank You for hearing each one of our prayers even before we pray and moving on them immediately. Though we may need to wait, help us understand that Your answer is coming and to continue in prayer until You bring the breakthrough. Help us, Lord, to never quit on You because You never quit on us. We love You Lord and pray in Your Name, Jesus. AMEN

Don’t believe me, believe God!