PRAY – UNANSWERED PRAYER

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Luke 18:1 Then Jesus told them a parable that they should always pray and not give up.

This great story of the persistent woman reveals the importance of persisting in prayer.

God will deal with your life in such a way that you will always have a need for prayer. If we all received our prayers immediately, we would cease to pray. And prayer is the oxygen to our spirit. Without prayer we spiritually die, through prayer, we spiritually come alive!

Prayer and spiritual maturity go together.

Understand that spiritual maturity is not self-sufficiency. When we pray for God to meet all our needs, often it’s not so we can then become an even greater blessing to others (2 Corinthians 9:11), what we really want is self-sufficiency.

But self-sufficiency can be a dangerous place because you become blind to the trap of no longer needing God, so you no longer pray or practice the spiritual disciplines that keep you connected to Him. To put it bluntly, we want God to give us more so we can depend on Him less.

Spiritual maturity, however, is a daily co-dependence on God. It's a place where we feel underqualified and overwhelmed. That’s where God wants us. That's where we learn to live with a raw dependence – and raw dependence is the raw material out of which God performs His greatest miracles.

And this is why Jesus told the story about the persistent woman, it was to teach us about prayer.

This woman’s “unanswered prayer” was a great, great blessing, because it developed the heart character and attitude we must all possess. A dogged determination to push through and not give up.

The power of prayer is not always the power to change circumstances but the power to carry on.

I don’t know what you are struggling with or believing for today (which may have been for a long time). But like the persistent woman who never gave up, prayer is your source of power to carry on, to press through and to not give up.

True success is a derivative of prayer and persistence.

Pastor Wayne Simpson


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

The power of prayer is not always the power to change circumstances but the power to carry on.