When praying about a situation in your life, how long do you pray?
Minutes? Hours? Days?
I’m not sure duration is as important as persistence.
Persistence is different from duration.
To persist is “to go on resolutely or stubbornly; to be insistent in the repetition or pressing of an utterance”. (Webster’s Dictionary)
Perhaps one cause of unanswered prayer is that we simply give up too soon. We don’t persist enough.
We live in a world of instant gratification; of instantaneous feedback and reward. We’re conditioned to receive answers immediately from pretty much everyone.
We expect this same response time from God. And when we don’t get it, we throw up our hands and give up.
We even make up excuses as to why God doesn’t respond right away – He’s too busy; our situation isn’t all that important; or we must be undeserving in some way. All are lies.
The fathers of the faith knew better.
D.L. Moody, for example, knew and believed in the deepest depths of his soul that nothing was too hard for the LORD and so he persisted many times in prayer.
Every practical or ministry need was backed up by prayer, and in everything, Moody’s ultimate dependence was upon God.
What does persistence in prayer look like?
It looks like coming with your petitions to God day after day after day if necessary. It’s pouring out your heart to Him, confident that He hears you and assured that He is working behind the scenes for your greatest good and His glory.
It’s simply asking until you receive an answer.