“I tell you, even though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will get up and give him as much as he needs.” Luke 11:8
“firm or obstinate continuance in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition.” DICTIONARY
Jesus had persistence.
We read in the gospels, over and over again, Jesus went away to a quiet place to pray. The subject of prayer came up one day “after Jesus had finished…” Luke 11:1, his time of prayer.
The disciples may have been waiting for Jesus under a nearby olive tree, or grumbling among themselves in the outer courts of the temple, (complaining, bragging, competing, their favorite past time). Wherever they were, they weren’t with Jesus. Apparently, Jesus prayed alone. As the conversation goes the disciples ask one simple request, teach us to pray.
Why prayer? Why not ask, teach us to do miracles? Or, teach us to raise the dead… How about teach us to change water into wine? Jesus, teach us to pray, was their only request.
Maybe, they asked about prayer because they saw what happened after he prayed: miracles, water into wine, the dead raised. Jesus was teaching his disciples how to do it all when he went off to spend time with his father, alone. Not at starbucks with his motley crew. Alone. All Alone.
I think spending time in a small group is great. There is wisdom in a multitude of counselors. When two or more gather together in His name, He is there. But, until we learn how to pray and spend time with the father alone, we shall not see the supernatural works of God… And, that which the church is lacking, is what the church needs most.
I want Persistence.
What if, we took prayer a little more seriously. What would happen if we lingered a little longer in worship? Prayer and worship have two things in common, they’re both God focused. Both, take God’s people to the throne where the real work gets done. What would happen to the church today if they learned that the true riches of this life are found in the very presence of God… Waiting for them! Do we think God would let the church fall apart or be in lack, if we slacked off in our announcements, to worship a little longer? No, He would not. Before we ever gain the persistence needed in prayer, we need to pray.
Please forgive us for missing the mark of importance. Its too-too easy to be busy for you like Martha. And, simply, forgetting to do what you tell us is more important sitting at your feet, like Mary.
Give the leaders a fresh revelation of their own need for your presence in their lives. It starts there. Until they SEE their own need for you, they won’t SEE the needs in front of them. I pray, for myself, that you will continue to use me to do the supernatural works of God. Those marvelous works no man can claim credit. In Jesus name, amen.