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