Friday, May 13, 2011

Day 13: Still Persevering

Jen Final
The act of persevering is biblical.  We see the incessant pleading in the parable of the persistent widow in Luke 18:


One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up. “There was a judge in a certain city,” he said, “who neither feared God nor cared about people. A widow of that city came to him repeatedly, saying, ‘Give me justice in this dispute with my enemy.’ The judge ignored her for a while, but finally he said to himself, ‘I don’t fear God or care about people,  but this woman is driving me crazy. I’m going to see that she gets justice, because she is wearing me out with her constant requests!’”

Then the Lord said, “Learn a lesson from this unjust judge.  Even he rendered a just decision in the end. So don’t you think God will surely give justice to his chosen people who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off?  I tell you, he will grant justice to them quickly! But when the Son of Man[a] returns, how many will he find on the earth who have faith?”


We see it again in Matthew 7:


“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened." 


And yet...
  • There is healing that doesn't take place on this side of heaven.
  • There are hearts that are never turned to forgiveness.
  • There are still natural disasters.
  • There is still political unrest.
  • There is still...
The hard truth is, that in some instances, we will die praying for that which we most want.  But what I must realize is that the act of praying is not futile just because I do not see results.  The truth is, my vision is limited, my life span is short, my knowledge is not all-encompassing.  As such, there is a very real possibility that I won't get to see the fruit of my efforts but God is so much bigger than me.  What I pray today has the potential to change things in the heavenly realm.  Even when my specific prayers are not answered the way I see fit, there is still goodness in the way that He chooses to answer them.  It may be painful.  It may be life-altering.  But the unshakable truth is that He is good.  His love endures forever.  He has promised that what Satan means for harm, He will redeem for good.  He specifically says this in Romans 8: 28:

"And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them."

Challenge:  Are there things that you have prayed for that God did not answer in the way that you saw fit?  Was there still fruit born or are you still waiting for that fruit?  Pour out your heart to God concerning these matters.  Ask Him to give you His vision.  Do you see anything differently?  Are you willing to see things in a new light?

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5 comments :

  1. Perseverance.. something God has been teaching me the last year or so. From your previous post, keep praying and asking, following instructions. I had a stroke, bills unpaid but God says tithe, so for a year prayed for disability funds, whatever husband gave me, tithed 10% of that and God answered and provided. Now while I pray for my recovery, I'm glad my healing is not right away. I need to be broken, to be brought to the cross and fixed while recovering. I had a new light last week - all the things He is doing in mine and my husbands life would not happen as life before my stroke. So many wonderful things brought to our eyes. Thanking the Lord for allowing challenges. There is more to come and I look forward to what God will do in and through us.

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  2. This has been much my thoughts as well lately...faith building though...isn't it!!!

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  3. oh, jen. what a timely post. you know i've been mentoring a young lady through her battle with anorexia since november and prayed. so. hard. finally, finally, great progress over the last few weeks, and then. bam. her long-time boyfriend broke up with her this week. she's away from home right now and feels so lonely and discouraged. i will go visit her tomorrow. i just don't even know how to love her through this. but to keep praying. loving this series.

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  4. getting up...falling down...getting up...falling down...

    Such an ongoing journey. How I want to ARRIVE! But I journey on...getting up, falling down...

    Insightful, encouraging words, Jen. Keep pressing in!
    Teri @ StumblingAroundInTheLight

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  5. "What I pray today has the potential to change things in the heavenly realm."


    This reminded me of Revelation 5:8
    <3

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