Cars filled the parking lot for the Tuesday night prayer meeting. Vehicles crammed the streets as people jumped out of cars and sprinted inside the church. People ran on sidewalks and across lawns, heading toward the church. It was total chaos when I approached the site.
I stopped a couple that just walked out of the church.
“What’s happening in there?”
“God is answering every prayer without delay,” the husband said. “All you have to do is ask. We just received enough cash to buy a new car, a new house, and take a vacation. God is so good.”
How many times has a scene like this played out at a church prayer meeting? Never. So relax.
But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it. (Romans 8:25)
Generally, we pray our prayers in faith and then we have to persevere (or patiently endure) until our prayers are answered. Yes, there will be a few instant exceptions along the way and praise God, that’s wonderful. Yet, we must understand that instant prayer answers are the exceptions rather than the norm.
Every step of our Christian journey, including prayer, is designed by God to conform us into the image of Christ and perseverance is a part of the transformation process.
so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ (1 Peter 1:7)
Answered prayer is one of the proofs of our faith.
Okay, here is what I do.
As soon as I pray for something, I make a note of it. Then, starting the following day, I put the Lord in remembrance by thanking Him for the prayer answer. I might say something like, “Thank You Lord for my healing” or “Thank You Lord for the finances” or whatever I prayed for.
How long will I continue to persevere and thank God for the answer? I have been thanking the Lord for a few prayers for almost twenty-nine years now. I still believe and refuse to give up on them.
So, don’t let a lack of perseverance be a hindrance to praying effectively.
What are other hindrances?
(Continued in Part 8)