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Thursday, February 2, 2017

#88 The Dynamic of Perseverance

Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: "Jesus told His disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up" (Luke 18:1).

   He told the parable of the unjust judge who was not interested in justice but became so tired of a widow's coming to him and bothering him by asking for justice that he finally said, "I will see that she gets justice, so that she won't eventually wear me out" (v. 5). [Jesus teaching His disciples, Google image]

   Jesus did not teach that God was like the judge. Far from it. He taught that we should be like the widow, who would not give up till she got her answer. Jesus was teaching persevering commitment and persevering faith.

   The dynamic of perseverance is essential in most prevailing prayer. In George Mueller's autobiography we read his formula for prevailing prayer.

    "It is not enough to begin to pray, nor to pray aright; nor 
     is it enough to continue for a time to pray; but we must 
     patiently, believing, continue in prayer until we obtain an 
     answer." [Hidden Life of Prayer, p. 87]

When you are sure that you know the will of God concerning a matter that God has placed upon your heart, do not give up till you know you have prevailed and God has lifted the prayer burden from you. Bengel wrote,

   "A Christian should not leave off praying till his 
    heavenly Father gives him leave, by permitting him 
    to obtain."

   Emotions are useful in prayer. We pray best when we feel deeply, but our emotions should not guide our praying. Discouragement in prayer is usually an emotional condition. It does not indicate the will of God.

   Once you have discerned God's spiritual goals in your circumstances and in the lives of those about you, persevere till you receive God's answers.

Used by permission of the author and Duewel Literature Trust, Inc., Greenwood, Indiana (With Jean's impressions added)

Mighty Prevailing Prayer
#88 The Dynamic of Perseverance 
by Dr. Wesley L. Duewel
(pp. 149 -150) Zondervan

Our challenge: Will we be willing to see God's perspectives on what's on our hearts that we pray about? Are we willing to wait on the Lord for His input? Will we then be persistent to pray until His will is done?

Let's pray-

Father, help us persevere in our commitment
to pray for the concerns on our hearts.
We need to learn that we must patiently 
believe, and continue in prayer until 
we obtain an answer.
Once we have discerned Your spiritual
goals in our circumstances and in
the lives we pray for,
we're to not leave off our requests
until You confirm Your answer to us.
Teach us to pray, Holy Spirit.
We ask this in Jesus' name.

Today's Bible verses-

(Prov. 15:23 KJV) "A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!" 

(Ps. 71:1-3, 5 KJV) "In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust: let me never be put to confusion. (v. 2) Deliver me in thy righteousness, and cause me to escape: incline thine ear unto me, and save me. 
(v. 3) Be thou my strong habitation, whereunto I may continually resort: thou hast given commandment to save me; for thou at my rock and my fortress. (v.5) For thou are my hope, O Lord God: thou art my trust from my youth."

Today's quote-

Jennifer Eivaz- "One of the most powerful and difficult truths to digest is that we have tremendous influence with God. Many people excuse themselves from the exercise of prayer, citing the sovereignty of God in all matters.
   Others cannot fathom that God would consider our thoughts an opinions because, after all, we lack wisdom and fail often. But God, in His sovereignty, restrains Himself from action until He's heard our voice in prayer.
   Not only will He respond to our prayers, but also He responds immeasurably more than all we can ask or imagine (see Ephesians 3:20). [p. 31 of her book, The INTERCESSORS HANDBOOK, How to Pray with boldness, Authority & Supernatural Power]

Today's popular post-

Behind the Song: The King is Coming Diana Leagh Matthews: "Recently, I heard a sermon relating the first days of the church of Christ to the uncertainty of our future as Christians in this world.  
The sermon ended by assuring us that although we live in an uncertain world today, one thing is for sure. 
Jesus Christ will return again one day just the way he promised..."

Upcoming posts-

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4th- Saturday's post by Dave Branon

#89 Give God Time to Answer- Part 1
7th- Tuesday's post by Dr. Wesley L. Duewel

#90 Give God Time to Answer- Part 2
9th- Thursday's post by Dr. Wesley L. Duewel

God's Immeasurable Goodness
11th- Saturday's post by Judy Pierce

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