Prayer and persistence
Jesus declared in His teaching that
We ought always to pray and not give up,
In the parable in which His words occur,
Christ taught with an intention
of delivering us from being fainthearted
His design is to rescue us from weakness in prayer.
Our Lord is teaching us
that laxity must be guarded against,
His Spirit urges us to be persistent
He wants us to stay encouraged.
He wants us exercise the insistence of faith
The importance of earnest pleading
is an indispensable quality in our praying.
Urgent praying is a mighty movement
of our soul toward God with our burdens and needs.
It is a stirring of the deepest forces of our heart,
We come boldly to the throne of heavenly grace.
With Spirit driven ability to hold on, press on, and wait.
Jesus places in us Restless desire, in restful patience,
Jesus leads us to strongly grasp His embrace
This isn’t an incident, or a performance,
This is a passion of our inner person.
It is not a want, half-needed, but a sheer necessity.
The wrestling quality in urgent praying burdens,
Doesn’t spring from physical vehemence
This is not human fleshly energy.
This is an inwrought force
Where Christ is knocking on our hearts door,
This is a faculty implanted and aroused by His Spirit.
Virtually, this is the intercession
of the Spirit of God, in us; it is,
“the effectual, fervent prayer, that availeth much.”
The Spirit of Christ is inflaming every element within us,
with His energy and with His own striving,
This is the essence of His persistence
which urges our praying at the mercy seat,
to continue until the fire falls and the blessing descends.
This wrestling in prayer may not be boisterous
but quiet, tenacious, and urgent pleading.
Silent, it may be, when there are no visible outlets
for its mighty forces that presses us inside.
Nothing distinguishes reaching out to God
As clearly and strongly as praying.
Praying is the one infallible mark and test
of our expression of being a believer.
Believing people are prayerful,
When we’re doubt-minded, we’re puny in prayer
Believers call on God;
While doubting rejectors ignore God,
Empty professors call not on His name.
We need to cultivate continual prayer.
Prayer must be habitual, but more than a habit.
Prayer is duty, As praying rises far above,
Praying goes beyond the ordinary implications
Praying pushes outside the natural to God’s supernatural
Praying is the expression of our relationship to God,
Praying is yearning for divine communion.
Praying is the outward and upward flow
of our inner life toward Jesus our original fountain.
Praying is an assertion of the soul to our Father
Praying a claiming of our faith in our God’s faithfulness,
Praying links us to our eternal inheritance realities
adapted E. M. Bounds writings