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Persistant Prayer

The concept of prayer raises a lot of questions - is prayer powerful? Will prayer help? Will it change things? What did Jesus teach about prayer? 

Here’s what Jesus taught - pray, pray, pray; persist and don’t give up!

Jesus provided his followers with a simple, but powerful story in Luke 18 to drive home the importance of persisting in prayer. Here's a summary -

There was an ungodly judge with little regard for the people of his jurisdiction. A widow from the judge’s city was being mistreated, so she asked him for justice.

At first the judge ignored her, but the widow persisted. Over time, the judge decided to help her. His reason? He didn’t want her to keep bothering him!

Jesus’ point? If that uncaring judge responded to persistence, how much more will our very caring God respond to us when we cry out “day and night” in prayer? Jesus promised that God will come through “speedily.” Jesus closed his lesson by noting that he's looking for followers to demonstrate faith.

Will prayer change things?

Is prayer powerful? Will prayer help? Will prayer change things? Yes! That is what Jesus taught. Read the Bible, let it build your faith as you learn about God. Persist in prayer and God’s answers will come as speedily as needed. Jesus promises that.

And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint Luke 18:1B

Pray in faith for persistence

Our caring God responds when we cry out in prayer. Not sure how to do that? Here's a simple prayer to get you started!

Heavenly Father, thank you for sending your son Jesus. I want Jesus to be Lord of my life and I want his presence in my life. I want to read the Bible and when I read it, I want its message to change me and to build my faith. Help me to persist in prayer, teach me the joy of faith, and I’ll look forward to your answers! Amen

What's next?

God hears our prayers, responds to our prayers, and wants to have a relationship with us. Learn more about God through His word and get to know Him for yourself!

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