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The Power of Persistence

Prayer has the power to produce a breakthrough in our lives. There is power in prayer to change things that have seemingly been stubborn in our lives. The bible makes it very clear that mankind should always pray and not give up.

Luke 18:1

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18 Also [Jesus] told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not to [a]turn coward (faint, lose heart, and give up).

We should all have a lifestyle that is consistent in prayer daily. The fact of the matter is that you can pray all day long if you really want to receive the maximum benefits of prayer. How can a person pray all day long when they have a full time job, family, responsibilities, etc.?

You can begin each day with God in prayer. You can wake up 15 -30 minutes earlier so that you can pray before you begin your day. God will honor that time that you make for him. And from that time God can and will strengthen you, give you direction, comfort you, and give you grace, favor and peace for that particular day. Your day will go much better if you begin it with the Lord!

Even with various responsibilities we can pray through out the day if we recognize and take advantage of the moments that we have in the day. Prayer does not always have to be loud or boisterous. Prayer also can be a whisper. It is not the volume of your prayer that makes the difference, but the faith that is in your heart when you pray. Prayer is effective when it is from your heart and full of faith and the Word even at a whisper.

1 Samuel 1:13

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13 Hannah was speaking in her heart; only her lips moved but her voice was not heard. So Eli thought she was drunk.

You can pray in English or in tongues while you are commuting in your car to work. You can pray for 2-3 minutes while standing at the gas pump. You can pray for 5 minutes on your lunch break. You can pray while washing the dishes. You can pray for 10 minutes while vacuuming the floor. There are times in the day that you can pray 5 minutes here, 10 minutes there, 3 minutes here, etc. If you approach your day like this, you can literally pray all day long.

As a result, this will cause you to have a sensitivity and awareness of the Holy Spirit in your everyday life that you have never had before. The Holy Spirit will help you if you talk to him.

John 15:26

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26 But when the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Advocate, Intercessor, Strengthener, Standby) comes, Whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of Truth Who comes (proceeds) from the Father, He [Himself] will testify regarding Me.

Also, when you have something up before God in prayer that you are in faith for. It is very important that you stay consistent and persistent in prayer concerning that particular thing. Many times what we desire in prayer comes or manifests in a process. There are times that you actually will get an immediate manifestation of what you are praying for. But if you do not get an immediate manifestation, don’t give up! You stay in faith and continue to pray in-spite of what you see and how you feel. It is similar to cutting a tree down with an axe. If the tree doesn’t fall the first time you hit it with the axe. You don’t get discouraged and quit. You keep hitting it over and over. Until, the tree falls to the ground.

This is how we should approach prayer for specific things in our lives. Jesus taught this principle of consistency in prayer in Luke chapter 18.

Luke 18:2-5, 7

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2 He said, In a certain city there was a judge who neither reverenced and feared God nor respected or considered man.

3 And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, Protect and defend and give me justice against my adversary.

4 And for a time he would not; but later he said to himself, Though I have neither reverence or fear for God nor respect or consideration for man,

5 Yet because this widow continues to bother me, I will defend and protect and avenge her, lest she give me [a]intolerable annoyance and wear me out by her continual coming or [b]at the last she come and rail on me or[c]assault me or [d]strangle me.

7 And will not [our just] God defend and protect and avenge His elect (His chosen ones), who cry to Him day and night? Will He [a]defer them and [b]delay help on their behalf?

God does not get annoyed when we continue to pray about a particular thing. He actually wants us to come to him in prayer regularly. Jesus is using the judge in the parable of Luke 18 as an example of what happens when we are persistent in prayer. He is teaching us about being consistent in prayer and never giving up! The bible says for us to fight the good fight of faith. The word “fight” denotes that there is something resisting and opposing us. The truth is that we will see the manifestation of our faith in a process many times. So never give up because what you see does not look completely like what you are trusting God for. The principle of consistency and process is very important to understand when it comes to receiving in the Kingdom of God.

Mark 4:26-28

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26 And He said, The kingdom of God is like a man who scatters seed upon the ground,

27 And then continues sleeping and rising night and day while the seed sprouts and grows and [a]increases—he knows not how.

28 The earth produces [acting] by itself—first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear.

Continue to speak and declare the Word of God concerning that particular situation. Continue to believe and stay in faith and pray until what you are praying for manifests in your life!

Pastor Kenneth Hollins

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