Devotions for the Praying Heart
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Then the Lord said, “Hear what the unjust judge said. “And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them?”
Luke 18:6 – 7

Although the term “praying through” is not specifically found in Scripture, the principle of praying through is taught and demonstrated throughout the Word of God.

Jesus Himself presented it quite clearly in the parable of the persistent widow in Luke chapter 18 where He taught that we “ought always to pray and not to turn coward (faint, lose heart, and give up)” (verse 1 Amp). In that parable, the widow did not ask the unjust judge for protection and justice against her adversary one time and then quit. She did not plead her case just once or twice. She approached the judge with such consistency and insistence that, in the end, he did what she wanted because her continual coming wore him out!

Clearly, our God is not an unjust judge. The Bible promises us that He will protect and avenge us speedily. But for Him to do for us and through us all He desires to do, we must come before Him with the faith and tenacity of that widow. We must say in our hearts, “God can and will answer my prayer. Therefore, I will not give up on it until every hindrance is removed. I will stay before the Lord with His promise on my lips until the fulfillment of it has come.”

My, how much that kind of prayer is needed today, and how rarely it is offered! The Church is suffering terribly from the lack of it.

I can say without hesitation that the only reason the Church today is not enjoying the miracles, signs, and wonders the early believers enjoyed in the book of Acts, and the only reason the Church is not growing and the Word is not prevailing now as powerfully as it did then is because Christians have abandoned the prayer place. We have spent more time in committee meetings than we have on our knees. We have substituted human ingenuity for the supernatural power that is released only through persistent prayer. And we have lost much as a result.

Scripture Reading: Luke 11:11 – 13

Source: Devotions for the Praying Heart by Lynne Hammond.
Excerpt permission granted by Lynne Hammond Ministries

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