Luke 18:1 ‘… men always ought to pray and not lose heart’.
Winston Churchill said it so eloquently in his famous speech…
“Never, give in, never give in, never, never, never – in nothing great and small, large or petty – never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense.”
Never giving in is the secret of anyone’s success. If you just stick something out, you will make it. No one becomes successful in an instance. We don’t become a champion in any field of activity without a long-term commitment to a goal. We will not taste sweet victory without overcoming trials, obstacles, and challenges, even setbacks.
Being resolute and not giving in, is the key. We see this in so many stories in life…
- Colonel Sanders, the founder of KFC, knocked on 1009 restaurant doors before he received his first “yes” to his famous chicken recipe of 11 secret herbs and spices.
- The movie “Star Wars” was rejected by every movie studio in Hollywood, claiming that it wouldn’t be a success, before it was finally picked up. It is one of the largest grossing movies of all time.
- The book “Chicken Soup for the Soul” was turned down by 123 publishers/booksellers before finally being picked up. It’s gone on to sell more than 53 million copies in the series.
These stories have one thing in common. Someone was determined, like when Jesus spoke of the Persistent Widow in Luke 18 who was determined to not give up until she received justice from the Unfair Judge. That widow had a resolute heart of persistence.
It doesn’t matter how small you are or how under-resourced you are. It’s like David with his sling-shot coming against the might and power of Goliath.
When it comes from Jesus, He is speaking from the position of principle. You can believe without a shadow of a doubt that whatever it is that you are believing for, attaining toward or working for, it will come. Just keep praying and don’t give up on all your hard work, standing firm and believing.
This is the heart attitude and the mindset that Jesus wants you to possess, especially when it comes to the Kingdom purposes of God. Jesus prayed in the Lord’s Prayer…
“your kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven..."
This is God’s will, that the kingdom of heaven will also become the kingdom on earth.
And for this to become true, “prayer” is the key. I want you to succeed at all you do – in your family and career, but become a person who carries this kingdom mindset where your highest commitment is for God’s kingdom in heaven to come upon earth!