“One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up.”
In our anchor scripture, Jesus told a parable of a woman who insisted on her request till it was answered.
As children of God, we have it better because our Father is good and has our best interest at heart. Hence, we pray with the assurance that we can have what we say.
“If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.” John 14:14 (KJV)
Even at a time as this, we keep praying. Regardless of happenings, we do not relent in our prayer posture because we know that our prayers birth tremendous effects.
Hannah’s story in 1 Samuel 1:10-17 is an explicit example of a person given to prayer regardless of the overwhelming circumstances. Despite making yearly trips to Shiloh without visible results, she didn’t give up on prayer. Instead, she intensified her prayers to the extent that Eli thought she was drunk.
Worthy of note is Hannah’s immediate response after Eli spoke God’s word to her.
“And she said, Let thine handmaid find grace in thy sight. So the woman went her way, and did eat, and her countenance was no more sad. And they rose up in the morning early, and worshipped before the LORD, and returned, and came to their house to Ramah: and Elkanah knew Hannah his wife; and the LORD remembered her.”
1 Samuel 1:18-19 (KJV)
Not only did she believe and receive God’s word with joy, she went home and took action. That should be our disposition when we pray.
“Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;”
Romans 12:12 (KJV)
We pray believing that God hears us. Even better, He speaks to us. So, our focus is not on the duration of prayer or the prayer points but the points we get from prayer.
Importantly, we keep praying until we have a ‘note of victory’. This means we are to be unrelenting till we see results or answers. We don’t stop praying when we are tired, we stop when we are done!
Finally, there’s an adage that says ‘the night is darkest before the dawn’. In other words, things seem the hardest just before the breakthrough. Knowing this, you should press on.
Dear believer, this is very instructive. Keep praying, don’t lose heart, the victory is near.