Galatians 6:7-10 – “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. 8 For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. 9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.” NKJV
I want to examine a few key and necessary ingredients for establishing Persistence in Prayer and learning how to Persevere. In the pursuit of success and excellence, it is imperative that we begin at the right place and have the right foundation.
We must have a Proper Prayer Perspective if we are to Persevere. Perspective is the point of view or understanding we have in or about a subject. Our Perspective or View will determine how we pray. If we consider it lightly, we will easily or eventually disregard the necessity of prayer. In Colossians 1:9, the apostle Paul prayed that the Colossian believers would be “…filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding.” That is important as we discover what “Spiritual Understanding” is. It means that we adopt the Perspective that God has about any given subject. It was the lack of that Perspective that prompted Jesus to say to Peter in Matthew 16:23, “…you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.” We need to embrace God’s Perspective of sin, salvation, holiness, and life. How does God view the Prayer of the believer?
He sees it as an indication of our trust. I had a man tell me once that he did not believe we should pray about all things, only big things because God was too busy to be bothered by the small stuff. No, if we pray about all things and in all things, we demonstrate our trust and dependence on God and we learn to TRUST and REST in His Promises. God sees our prayer as an indication of our Concern and is often an indication of Spiritual Depth as well as our capacity and desire spiritually.
We must have a Prayer Priority. In my years of Christian service, I have discovered that most believers agree that Prayer is important for spiritual growth. HOWEVER, prayer is often last or almost last on the list of our daily priorities and/or activities and then it disappears completely as we become distracted by the busyness of life. We need to be reminded of the directive of Jesus in Matthew 6:33, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” I saw a list published by a major Christian denomination enumerating its Twelve Goals for the Coming Year. At first glance, it looked good and complete. It included things such as improved Youth Ministry, endeavors to include and encourage more women to become involved in Church functions, more effective pastoral counseling and improvements in Christian Education. The one thing that did not make the list was PRAYER. Their lofty goals and ambitions will fail without being seasoned in prayer.
We must set a Daily Appointment for Prayer. If we do not set aside time for prayer it will get set aside. When we consider the biblical record, we find that for those who pressed in and accomplished things for God Prayer was the First Priority in their lives. Samuel’s parents had a practice of rising early for prayer. (1 Samuel 1:19). Hezekiah rose early for prayer. (2 Chronicles 29:20). David rose early for prayer. (Psalm 57:8). That is a short list of many who had a practice of beginning their day with prayer. I believe that before Prayer will become a daily habit we must SET a Prayer appointment and keep it regularly.
We must Guard our Time of Prayer and not let other things take priority over it. Psalm 55:16, “As for me, I will call upon God; and the Lord will save me.” David guarded his time of prayer regardless of how others responded he guarded his prayer time. We should also Stretch that Time as much as possible as we PRESS INTO THE PRESENCE of God. Never rush your time of prayer and earnestly endeavor to schedule your day around prayer not insert prayer where you can in your busy schedule.
I will pause here and deal with this a bit more because I sense it is incredibly important for us to become that which God has designed and desired. May God richly bless you as you Persist in Prayer and Press into His Presence.