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Prayer Still Works!
Jesus told his disciples a parable about their need to pray all the time and never give up. 2 He said, “In a city there was a judge who didn’t fear God or respect people. 3 In that city there was also a widow who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’ 4 For a while the judge refused. But later, he told himself, ‘I don’t fear God or respect people, 5 yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will grant her justice. Otherwise, she will keep coming and wear me out.’”6 Then the Lord added, “Listen to what the unrighteous judge says. 7 Won’t God grant his chosen people justice when they cry out to him day and night? Is he slow to help them? 8 I tell you, he will give them justice quickly. But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” (Luke 18:1-8 ISV)
If the unjust judge could be moved by the persistent request of the widow, how much more our God who is just? As you pray please remember:
1. Prayer should never cease regardless of the circumstances
Jesus encouraged His people never to give up but pray even when it feels far more easier to quit. No matter what it is you are dealing with, no matter how long you have dealt with it, give it to the Lord in prayer. You do not need great faith to keep going since God even rewards those whose faith is as small as a mustard seed. In Matthew 17:20 He declared that if you have faith as little as a mustard seed, you will speak to the mountain and it shall move. May the Holy Spirit keep fanning your mustard seed sized faith daily.
2. Persistence in prayer bears fruit
Though the unjust judge finally relented due to persistence of the widow, God is not like that. God will grant you justice and as Jesus said “speedily.” God’s speed is not like human speed. When you have committed a matter in His hands, He always responds though many times not according to our schedule. You can be sure that God is not a man that He should lie therefore, He will act. Rest in His goodness and remember He is working. The rest of faith that God gives you in founded on the premise that the answer is already granted and the father is at work.
3. Prayer answered according to the will of God
John declares “And this is the confidence that we have before Him: If we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.” (1John 5:14). God has to align His will for your life in answering your prayer. It is important to remember that God has clear thoughts and plans about you as His child. His thoughts are very specific to the very minor details. Many of these details have not crossed your mind and God is still knitting them together. Remember God has even numbered the very hairs on your head (Matthew 10:30).
Wait on Him as you expect His victory. As you wait for His answer, God will increase your strength, hope and faith. In the waiting He will strengthen you so that you will not faint. Don’t you ever forget Isaiah’s exhortation “He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, And the young men shall utterly fall, But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:29-31 NKJV)
Pastor Jeremiah Karanja