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“The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” James 5:16 Have you ever listened to someone pray and thought, “I wish I could learn to pray like that?” Their words just seem to flow so freely to the Lord, and we think surely the Lord must be pleased with their eloquent words and will answer their requests. Why can’t I pray like that? Sometimes it seems like we stumble and stammer over our words and wonder if the Lord even hears us. Sometimes we cannot even find the words to pray, and we can only whisper the name…

“Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart” (Luke 18:1, New King James Version). How long does it take before God answers a prayer? Is there a point when we just give up asking? Even if we find prayer—and how to receive an answer—so unclear at times, the Bible assures us persistence will pay off. The Lord gave two parables illustrating this. Luke 18 tells the story of a widow seeking justice in her situation. The judge seems a harsh man with little regard for God or man. Yet, because of…

“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…