Persistent prayer takes faithfulness and patience, especially because we’re usually praying about things in our lives that are slow to change. If you’re knocking on the doors of heaven now, in anticipation of God answering a real request in your life, be assured that He hears you. God knows your need, and He cares.
Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving;
When the answer to our heartfelt plea is slow in coming we must persevere. Persistent prayer means praying through our doubt, praying through our fears, and refusing to give up. So many times we pray for certain things to happen, when God has a better plan in mind. And so we keep knocking until we receive the direction we need.
Scripture says that God will reward in heaven those who are faithful to pray here on earth, because it is these devoted people who have the greatest eternal impact. Praying believers change the destinies of men and women and even the histories of nations. I firmly believe that when we get to heaven, we’ll see countless rewards given to people who never preached from a platform, who were never identified as great leaders, but who prayed faithfully, without fail.
Then He said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend, and goes to him at midnight and says to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves; for a friend of mine has come to me from a journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; and from inside he answers and says, ‘Do not bother me; the door has already been shut and my children and I are in bed; I cannot get up and give you anything.’ 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.
“So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and he who seeks, finds; and to him who knocks, it will be opened.
Have you ever “given up” on a prayer request thinking that God won’t answer? Let me remind you today of the qualities of our awesome God: He is patient, long-suffering, and all-knowing. Will you trust Him today with a long-term prayer request? Will you commit to praying persistently about what’s on your heart until you hear from God?