In our discouragement over unanswered prayer, the Lord reminds us, “Don’t quit! Keep praying, keep Believing, keep persevering and keep coming before me with your needs. I hear you and I care. I will answer at the proper time … if you don’t quit.”
When it comes to the spiritual discipline called prayer, we are routinely confronted with the temptation to throw in the towel and quit. Much of the time, the answers to our prayers are seemingly slow in coming. We can start out so gung-ho over a need or a dream or a desire only to lose steam as nothing visibly changes. The devil likes to show up in those moments and whisper in our ear, “You are wasting your time, your fool. God is not going to answer your prayer. He either doesn’t care about your need, or He is unable to help you. Regardless, you ought to cut your losses, get off your knees, and stop believing in the pipe dream that prayer changes things. It doesn’t.” Have you ever heard those thoughts swirl through your mind? I think we all have.
You see, the Lord loves persistence; He loves it when we dig in and choose to trust Him, no matter what the circumstances say. He loves it when we refuse to throw in the towel on the prayer need that He put in our heart. When we pray according to His will, we can have great confidence that He will answer us when the time is right (read 1 John 5:14-15).
Have you thrown in the towel on prayer? Have you given up on that dream, that need, that desire God placed within you? Pick up the towel, and get back on your knees. If your prayer is a little off center, ask God to refine it so that is in complete accordance with His will.
Have a wonderful day in His presence.
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