Persistence Pays Off

Re:Verse passage – Luke 11:5-13 (day seven)

Two weeks ago I preached in Logos and referenced the synoptic parallel of our passage out of Matthew 7. I had referenced a young man from camp that  I had advised to pray to God persistently to feel the presence of the Lord. God answered that prayer! “Persistent praying pays off!” I said.

Afterwards, I was approached by a woman who had said she begged God for years to give her peace and to feel His presence, but it never came. Why does God sometimes not answer our prayers of persistence even when they are pure and patient?

Our persistence doesn’t change God; it changes us. God uses our persistence to mold us, shape us and tune our hearts with His. Sometimes the persistence doesn’t pay off in the way we might expect, but the persistence will always achieve the purpose it was set out for: to perfect the pray-er.


Author: Rick Henderson

Rick Henderson is the Associate Pastor for Students.

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