Holiness/ Psalm 119 Study

How to Persevere in Prayer

Something jumped out at me this week during our study of Psalm 119, something I didn’t quite expect.

We are nearing the end of the study and as much as we see David delighting in God’s Word during his affliction we see him persevering in his prayers for deliverance, with no real sign of it ending.

Deliver me from the oppression of man: so will I keep thy precepts. Psalms‬ ‭119‬:‭134

He holds on to his faith that God is going to deliver him from this affliction. He doesn’t give up on this prayer.

Living in a society where instant gratification is at its highest can hinder our prayer life. It’s so easy to give up on our prayer requests when we don’t see an answer immediately. 

We wonder if God is even listening. We give up hope and stop praying for that one thing that once meant a great deal to us.

I was encouraged by David’s perseverance. It reminded me of the woman in Matthew whose daughter was possessed of the devil and she came to the Lord for deliverance. At first, Jesus said nothing to her.

Nothing. Can you imagine? Take a look at the exchange between them:

Then Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon. And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou Son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil. But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us. But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me. But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs. And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table. Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour. Matthew‬ ‭15‬:‭21-28‬

She had to ask the Lord multiple times. She didn’t give up because God was silent. She proved her faith to Him.

But how do we persevere in our own prayer life?

Do you have a prayer request that the Lord seems to remain silent on? Have you given up hope that He will ever answer your need? Find out how to persevere in your prayer life with these 5 tips. God is listening, don't give up!

Worship God.

We see David telling God how great and wonderful His statues are throughout this chapter. We also see this woman in the book of Matthew doing the same thing.

Worshipping someone else is humbling yourself and glorifying them. God is good and deserves to be worshipped! David is full of worship despite the situation he was in. We can follow his example when we are in tough times!

Simplify.

This woman went from a long drawn out plea to the simple phrase of “Lord help me”.

God doesn’t need fluff in our prayers. We don’t need words of grandeur to try to convince Him into action.

He knows our hearts. Be real. Be bold like David.

Determine who your master is.

Are you being drawn away from God? What idles do you have in your life that need to be cast aside?

We all need to examine ourselves from time to time. Perhaps our prayers are being hindered because we aren’t serving the right master?

And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. ‭1 John‬ ‭3‬:‭22

Rest your faith upon His Word.

Do you have a prayer request that the Lord seems to remain silent on? Have you given up hope that He will ever answer your need? Find out how to persevere in your prayer life with these 5 tips. God is listening, don't give up!

Our God is a God who answers prayer. He is alive and in the miracle making business! Let’s not forgot we serve a mighty God!

When despair comes, go back to His Word for strength and hope.

Meditate on His promises.

Record answered prayers.

Friend, this is so important when you feel that God is continually silent in your life! Get in the habit of writing down your prayer requests, every last one. Then write down the date when its answered and cross it off. The longer you do this the more you will see that God is listening and answering!

When you get discouraged, take a look at your crossed off prayer list and be encouraged!

Keep asking until you receive an answer.

Don’t give up! Prove your sincerity to God by your persistence. Is there a lost loved one you’re praying for, a family member with an addiction, or a wayward child? Don’t stop praying until you see results. It may take years but when it happens, you’ll see the mighty hand of God at work! And that will be an exciting time!

Are you willing to put in the work? Are your prayer requests important enough to you to not give up?

I imagine we’d all say yes. A loud yes, right?!

Stay optimistic. God is at work!

The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. James‬ ‭5‬:‭16b

 

Your turn! Are you persevering in your prayer life or have you let it slip? How can I pray for you today?

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13 Comments

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    Karen Del Tatto
    July 31, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this post on persevering prayer! It encouraged my heart so much.

    I never thought about why I “stop praying for things”, but I was convicted when I read your words saying that we stop praying when we don’t see immediate results. I can see myself definitely falling in that category, but I also stop praying because I determine it must not be God’s will. Your post has spurred me on otherwise.

    I have a son and son-in-law who both struggle with addiction. I have grown weary lately praying, almost like Moses needing my “arms held up”, but when I read your account of the woman seeking Jesus to help rid her daughter of the demon, those scripture verses jumped out at me in a whole new light! Your insights into that scripture were such an encouragement!

    Thank you!

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      Anastasia Safee
      July 31, 2015 at 6:21 pm

      Karen, I too have family with addictions and it is so easy to give up on your prayers after so many years. But God is in the miracle making business so we need hold onto that when He is silent! I am so glad this post was encouraging to you, I will say a prayer for you. Have a great day!
      Anastasia

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    Christine @BecomingChristineSmith.com
    August 3, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    This is wonderful. I would also add to be open to the answer coming in a different way than you expected

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      Anastasia Safee
      August 4, 2015 at 5:11 pm

      Yes! Great addition, I agree! We’ve had that happen many times in our marriage.

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    Helene
    August 3, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    I was talking with a friend about this last night. It’s tough to keep on praying after a month or a year passes but especially when we are praying for someone’s salvation/their deliverance from sin we have to persevere.

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      Anastasia Safee
      August 4, 2015 at 5:09 pm

      It is so tough, I’m there with ya but we can’t give up! So glad this post encouraged you, Helene!

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    Janet Benson
    August 5, 2015 at 10:42 am

    The timeliness of your post leaves me in awe. And your beautiful words are so full of the encouragement I desperately need this morning. Your question to me was a real challenge – “Am I willing to put in the work?” God has been so faithful to answer my prayers before, even though a few of them took many years. Thank you for your beautiful reminder to pray with faithful perseverance. Thank you for your reminder that God hears. And thank you for a fresh look at a passage of Scripture that I’ve read so many times, but never quite seen in this light. What a blessing you have been to me as I visit as your neighbor at the #RaRaLinkup.

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      Anastasia Safee
      August 6, 2015 at 12:55 pm

      I’m so glad this post encouraged you, Janet. In the midst of unanswered prayers we need to be reminded of His faithfulness. Thank you for your kind comment!

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    Melanie Redd
    August 6, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    Great word on persevering in prayer, Ana!

    I really appreciate this line: “Don’t stop praying until you see results. It may take years but when it happens, you’ll see the mighty hand of God at work! And that will be an exciting time!”

    My pastor growing up used to say, “Pray until God gives you what you want or changes your wanter.”

    Came over on SHINE.
    Hope you have a blessed day~
    Melanie

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    Zeena singh
    August 10, 2015 at 1:05 am

    PUSH= PRay UNTIL SOMETHING HAPPENS! I am still pushing.,especially for my sister’s healing…border-line alzheimers they say. He is the same God who performed miracles. Still faithful. His word still stands. His promises are true…so i know He will hear me.

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      Anastasia Safee
      August 10, 2015 at 4:47 pm

      I love that acronym Zeena, thanks for sharing! I will pray for your family today, I’m so sorry you’re going through that.

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    Melinda
    June 10, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    I will persevere in prayer. My fiance recently ended our engagement. We have had an almost 6 year engagement with a lot of ups and downs. He had recently been pressuring me to go forward and it frightened me and I returned the ring. We continued to talk, he assuring me he wanted to go forward. I got quiet before God, drowning out the pressure, drowning out the ups and downs…I heard God’s still small voice tell me to go forward in marriage with Scott. When I shared this with Scott, he told me we were over and would never be in relationship again. Five days after he had told me he wanted to be one…and knew I was in prayer. I am praying for redemption of this relationship and a godly lifelong marriage for us. Please pray with me.

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      Anastasia Safee
      June 12, 2016 at 4:31 pm

      I’m so sorry to hear about your relationship struggles. I can only imagine how that must make your heart ache when you just want things to go smoothly and be joyous. Keep going back to God, He will give you the wisdom you need and desire. Once you stop keeping God center is when things get much worse. Saying a prayer for you, Melinda.

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