HERO CENTRAL August 7-11 Vacation Bible School

March 29/Luke 18

Verses 1-8 > In these verses Jesus is telling his disciples that they need to stay persistent in their prayers. I believe that too many prayers go unanswered because people give up too soon. God has a different timetable than we do. We don’t know what that timetable is but we do know that he will answer. Jesus says he will in these verses. God is looking for people you are in it for the long haul. I know he is also looking for relationship and good relationships take communication, time and perseverance.

Today Cleo and I will be celebrating our 41st wedding anniversary! We have both persevered in this relationship over the years. There were many times that thoughts crossed our minds to give up and throw in the towel. Someone told us one time not to throw in the towel but to use it to wipe the sweat off our brows! Good advice. We have wiped off a lot of sweat with that towel but we never threw it in. We prayed a lot of prayers. And with the strength of the Holy Spirit and the grace our heavenly Father and the prayers of our Lord Jesus we persevered through good times, mediocre times, and less than good times. But here we are today intact and stronger than ever. All because we didn’t give up. Speaking of persistence:

Wilma Rudolph was the 20th of 22 children. She was born prematurely and doctors didn’t expect her to survive. She did but at the age of 4, she contracted double pneumonia and scarlet fever, which left her with her left leg paralyzed. At the age of 9, she removed the metal leg brace she had depended on for the past five years and began walking without it. By 13, she had developed a rhythmic walk, which doctors said was a miracle. That same year, she decided she wanted to begin running. She entered her first race and came in last. For the next three years, she came in dead last in every race she entered. But, she kept on running until the day came that she won a race. Eventually, the little girl who was not supposed to live and then who was not supposed to be able to walk would win three Olympic gold medals.

I don’t know if God gives gold medals for praying when we get to heaven but if he does I want one. I won’t give up in my prayers. If something is worth praying for it must be worth persisting for otherwise don’t bother praying. I believe our heavenly Father loves persistence. After all he persistently pursues us! When Jesus comes back to earth I want him to find me persisting in my prayers. What about you? Remember we have a good, good Father. Jesus says he answers prayer and I believe him. The question is will you continue to believe despite the wait? Who knows maybe one more prayer will do it.

Hebrews 11:6 (NLT) — 6 And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.

Read that verse again. Okay now read it again. What does it say that God does for those who are sincere > persistent?

Be Inspired Hilltop!

 

Comments

  1. Mark Gundersen says:

    Thus chapter looks at the attitude you come to God with. Are you persistent or quick to quit? Are you prideful or humble? Do you have the faith of a child or the prejudices of the disciples. God will bless the persistent faith as shown by the children.

  2. We measure everything we do and have done in time; hourly, daily, weekly, month to month, yearly, without ever really thinking much about it. Time was made for us to use here on earth, but doesn’t exist in the spiritual realm. It’s the only way we can learn how to be patient (without anxiousness) and wait (spend time) with and on the Lord. It’s difficult to momentarily forget our earthly timetables when we pray, but we must, so we continue to be persistent and not give up based on our measure of time. Happy Anniversary Pastor Dan and Cleo! Thinking of you with love (as I wipe the sweat off my brow)!