Persistence in Prayer
You know Suckey. Right? How could you have forgotten so soon? Suckey is that puppy I adopted recently. That stubborn, playful, troublesome, little dog. I like her like that, anyway.
Most days, I leave home early in the morning and return in the evening, and sometimes, late in the night.
Suckey comes to greet me wagging her tail in all directions. She jumps, squats, sits, runs and does all kinds of gymnastics giving me the canine version of ‘I miss you.’
I know she wants something in return. Tired and worn out, I greet her with a pat and go my way.
Unsatisfied, she follows me inside the house, to the sitting room, to the bedroom, to the kitchen, to the dinning room, back to the siting room, pulling at my legs with her teeth and claws.
I ignore her. I’m too tired to play. I know what she wants: a belly rub and/or head scratch. I continue to ignore her.
I settle down to eat. She keeps pulling at my legs. I turn on the TV to watch the news: mission impossible. She climbs into my lap and attempts to start licking my face.
Then, I yield. I put her on the floor—back-down—scratch her head a little while and rub her belly for some minutes. You need to see the look of satisfaction on her face. After that, she lays quietly there, using my feet as head-rest.
Reminds me of a parable Jesus told in the eighteenth chapter of Luke. Of a widow who went to a judge to claim her rights. The judge, unconcerned, ignores her. Yet, she continues to pray—to ask, to seek, to knock—until the judge answers her.
“And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith. And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? I tell you that he will avenge them speedily… (Luke 18:6-8, KJV)
You remember the story of Daniel who had been praying for something for 3 weeks. 21 complete solar days!
Immediately he started praying, God said to an angel, “Hey, ‘Junior’. Go and deliver this parcel to my friend, Daniel.” Junior took a reverential bow and flew out of heaven. Then the Prince of Persia intercepted the mission and delayed the junior angel. Yet, Daniel continued praying. And fasting.
Until God sent for Michael, “Hey, Mike! Come over here. Looks like that rookie I sent on a mission to Babylon needs some backup at the border of Persia.” Michael unsheathes his sword and hastily departs. Then the answer was released.
I’m wondering: what if Daniel had stopped praying on the twentieth day? What if he’d given up?
What are you asking God for today? Provision? A wife? Husband? Miracle child(ren)? Job? Admission? Sponsor? X? Y?? Z???
Don’t stop praying! The only prayer God will not answer is the one not according to His will. If it’s according to His will, He will definitely answer. Maybe, not today. Maybe, not tomorrow. Maybe, not when you expect. But, be assured, God makes “every thing beautiful in his time.” (Ecclesiastes 3:11, KJV)
You may have to pray for 21 more minutes. Or, hours. Or, days. Or, weeks, Or, months. Or, years. But keep praying. Delay is not denial. Your answer is on the way.
Join Deitrick Haddon and the online choir to sing:
“God is able to do just what He said He would do,
He’s gonna fulfill every promise to you.
Don’t give up on God, cause He won’t give up on you