The Power of Persistent Prayer

Don't believe that prayer is going to make a difference? Remember the story of Elijah in the Old Testament (1 King 18:41-45). God had sent great drought over Israel. Elijah prayed. In fact, he prayed and prayed, and prayed. He then prayed some more. In fact, he prayed seven times, sending his servant looking for rain. Elijah knew God was going to end the drought. He remained patient in his prayer until his prayers were answered.

For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.
Luke 11:10 (NIV)

Jesus is teaching us to pray with unwavering faith and firm confidence. He inspired us to pray persistently with dauntless courage. Consistent and persistent prayer is difficult, especially in our 30 second sound bite culture. We live in a shallow and superficial culture. However, we must not allow our prayer life to become that way.

Persistent prayer requires commitment, time, sacrifice, and discipline. The Apostle Paul reminds us to pray throughout the New Testament.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
Philippians 4:6 (NIV).

Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.
Ephesians 6:18 (NLT)

If you are a mother or father, and have kids that are unsaved, or kids that were saved once but have walked away from the Lord, I encourage you to keep praying for your kids. I know from personal experience that your prayers can have a profound affect. I speak from experience.

If you have read the About Me link, at the bottom of each page, you know that I received Christ at an early age. I then rejected Christ and "walked in the wilderness" for over 20 years before re-accepting Christ into my life. What I didn't tell you is that my Mom was instrumental in praying for me to return to the Lord. She prayed every single day for me. Persistent prayer. Relentless Prayer.

And it's not just me. I have heard the testimony of many parents who continually prayed for their kid's salvation every day. And one day their prayers are answered.

Regardless if your prayers are for salvation of a family member, or something completely different, the Bible tells us me must be prayer warriors. We must be persistent and relentless in our prayers.