“Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.” Luke 18:5
What is persistence? According to the dictionary it is the firm or obstinate continuance in a course of action despite difficulty or opposition.
There are many instances in the Bible where someone was persistent to achieve their goal. We read in Luke 18:1-5 when Jesus tells the story of a woman who continually went to a judge asking to be vindicated. It was because of her persistence that the judge finally vindicated her.
When we kneel to pray for a situation, we need to be persistent with our prayers until they are answered. Prayers may not be answered the way we want, but we will get an answer.
No matter the situation, whether it be for a healing; financial miracle; lost loved ones saved; employment; marriage restored; and the list goes on – we know we can bring them to God in prayer and He will answer! Don’t be discouraged. You could be just one more prayer away from receiving your answer!
Just like another woman in the Bible with a health issue in her blood, she tried everything she could to be healed. One day, all it took was reaching out and touching the hem of Jesus’ garment and she was made whole. She pressed through the crowd to get to Jesus and her healing. Her persistence paid off!
Keep praying for a miracle and never give up until you get the answer!
Prayer: Thank you, God for hearing and answering our prayers! We ask that You continue working in our lives and our situations. We give You all the praise and glory for everything You have done, are doing, and will do in our lives. We trust you in every situation. Amen!
Devotion by Mischelle Nally
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your way, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9
Abraham and Sarah were given a promise of children, but Sarah was unable to conceive. Instead of waiting on God for the promise, she tried to hurry the promise herself by allowing Abraham to have her servant, Hagar. Hagar was only doing what she was told, but when she conceived, Sarah became furious. Although, Sarah had made the mistake, she took her anger out on Hagar and made her leave with her child. Sarah didn’t wait on God. She did what she thought she needed to do to hurry the promise and ended up making a mess of it all.
Later, when Abraham and Sarah were told that Sarah would conceive, she laughed at the thought of someone her age having a baby. She saw the promise as impossible.
Sometimes we try to hurry the promises of God. When He doesn’t answer when we think He should, we try to take matters into our own hands. When we do this, we only make a mess of things. We spend so much time trying to figure out how we can make the promise happen that by the time it does happen, we are like Sarah and laugh. God doesn’t need our help with fulfilling a promise, after all, it is His promise to you.
Nothing is impossible with God. If we give God all the control in fulfilling the promise, things will go much better. Don’t be like Sarah and think you need to take over, let God do the work and you’ll see your promise happen!
Prayer: Dear Lord, help me to wait on Your promises for my life. Teach me to wait on Your timing and not mine. In Jesus Name, Amen!
Devotion by Mishelle Nally
“And he spake before his brethren and the army of Samaria and said, What do these feeble Jews? will they fortify themselves? will they sacrifice? will they make an end in a day? will they revive the stones out of the heaps of the rubbish which are burned?” (Nehemiah 4:2)
When Nehemiah set out to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem, it was not an easy task. The walls had been destroyed 152 years before that and many thought it was impossible. Nehemiah and those helping rebuild the walls were met with opposition from many sides. They faced ridicule, threat of being attacked, discouragement, extortion, compromise, slander, and treachery. No matter the opposition, they had a task to complete and continued working. The walls had been down for 152 years, but it only took Nehemiah and his men 52 days to rebuild the wall.
Maybe God is calling you into a different ministry in your life. It will not be easy. You may have opposition from family, friends and others. Don’t give up! When God is doing a work in your life, you will face opposition. If Nehemiah had stopped building the wall because of all the opposition that he faced, the walls of Jerusalem would not have been completed. Just like Nehemiah, you will face opposition in whatever you do for God, but don’t give up. Ignore the opposition in your life, no matter what it is, and do what God has called you to do. You will have victory despite the opposition!
Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to ignore the opposition in our life and do what You have called us to do. Don’t let the negativity around us affect what You want us to do. In Jesus Name. Amen.
Devotion by Mishelle Nally