Many of us have heard the expression, “they sound like a broken record”. Well, this morning that is what I said to the Lord. I just cried out, “Lord, I know I sound like a broken record….”
Then all of a sudden the Truth welled up inside of me and I said, “No, no I don’t because I am like the persistent widow in your Word, and Your Word tells me to be persisitent in prayer.” Immediately I began laying out the same prayer requests to my Father, knowing He wanted to hear me. I took such comfort in knowing that unlike our parenting skills when our children ask over and over, my Father was pleased to hear me over and over and over and over.
Maybe today you feel like I did. Maybe you have been asking for a long time for God to answer and He has not. Please don’t get discouraged. Just because He has not answered doesn’t mean He won’t and it also doesn’t mean He is saying no. God most definitely is a God of no when He has to be, but not because He delights in breaking our hearts. He says no because He knows what we need and when we need it far better than we do. Sometimes He delays His answer because His power and strength are displayed in our lives while we wait. Sometimes He makes us wait because we aren’t ready to receive. Would you give your five year old an adult size bike? No, you would not! No matter how much they begged, whined and complained you would exercise your authority and say no. God does the same with us. He knows when we are ready to take the training wheels off and move to the next level. He knows when it is safe for us.
I want to encourage you to keep asking, keep being specific, keep talking to your Father. He is listening and He is able. Just trust Him.
Below are several verses to encourage you as you persist in prayer:
“Seek the Lord and His strength; seek His face continually.” 1 Chronicles 16:11
“Because He has inclined His ear to me, Therefore I shall call upon Him as long as I live.” Psalm 116:2
“Pray without ceasing..” 1 Thessalonians 5:17
“…rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, ” Romans 12:12
“With all prayer and petition, pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints, ” Ephesians 6:18
” I rise before dawn and cry for help; I wait for Your words. My eyes anticipate the night watches, That I may meditate on Your word. Hear my voice according to Your loving kindness; Revive me, O Lord, according to our ordinances.” Psalm 119:147-149