Persistence

LUKE 18: 1 (NIV)

Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.

Observe the ant, the leader Tamerlane once said. In relating a story from his early life, he said, “I once was forced to take shelter from my enemies in a dilapidated building, where I sat alone for many hours. Wishing to divert my mind from my hopeless situation, I fixed my eyes on an ant carrying a kernel of corn larger than itself up a high wall. I counted its attempts to accomplish this feat. The corn fell sixty-nine times to the ground, but the ant persevered. The seventieth time it reached the top. The ant’s accomplishment gave me courage for the moment, and I never forgot the lesson.”

When we pray if we approach previously unanswered prayers as an excuse for laziness then it has ceased to be a prayer of faith. To someone who prays in faith, unanswered prayers are simply the evidence that the answer is much closer. Every single lesson from our LORD are examples to teach us that prayer that is not steadfast and persistent, nor revived and refreshed, and does not gather strength from previous prayers is not the prayer that will triumph.

A gifted pianist named Arthur Rubinstein, once said, “If I neglect practicing one day, I notice; two days, my friends notice; three days, the public notices.” In other words we must continue believing, praying, and doing His will.

You know that in any of the arts or sports, when the artist or athlete ceases to practice, we know the result. If we would only use the same level of common sense in our faith that we use in our everyday life, we would be moving on toward perfection.

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