How would you rate your prayer life?
On a scale of 1-10, with 1 being, I pray only as a last resort, and 10 being, I am always in an attitude and atmosphere or prayer. Where would you land on that scale, right now, today?
Prayer is an essential element of a personal, growing and dynamic relationship with God. Yet, there are few other areas in a man’s life where he struggles so much.
How about being persistent in prayer? That is, praying until something happens.
That is exactly what our text this week is all about. In Luke 18:1-8 we see the parable of the persistent widow and the unjust judge. The whole teaching can really be summed up in v. 1 – “And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart.”
A Man of Prayer
If you have never read the biography of George Mueller, I highly recommend that you do. George Mueller lived between 1805 and 1898. He was a minister and best known for his work as the director of the Ashley Down orphanage in Bristol, England.
George was led of the Lord to bring all of the orphanage’s needs to God in prayer and not make those needs public knowledge. Many were the day when there were no groceries, but the table was set in faith, and a knock came to the door and dinner was miraculously provided.
Pray Without Ceasing
One of the stories of persistent pray in the life of George Mueller revolves around six men who he had a great burden to see come to faith in Jesus Christ. He noted in his diary the day he began praying daily for these six men. The first one came to Christ six months after George began praying for him. The second one came to faith in Christ after nearly five years. The third one came to faith after nearly ten years of persistent prayer. The fourth came to Christ, after over twenty years of daily prayer for his salvation.
As Mueller faced his final days before going to see Jesus face to face, the fifth one gave his heart to Christ. Albeit, the sixth man did not come to faith in Jesus before Mueller passed. He did, however, come to Christ at Mueller’s funeral service, nearly sixty years from the day George Mueller began praying for him.
That is what I call persistence in prayer!
Join us this Friday, 7:00 a.m. at The Cabernet Steakhouse on Windward Parkway as we discover the need and the value of persistent prayer!
It is with great expectancy that I will see you there,
~ Hutch Matteson
“And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart.” – Luke 18:1
“Pray without ceasing.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:17
“But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” – 2 Peter 3:8
“But he would withdraw to desolate places and pray.” – Luke 5:16
Here is the link to the message: https://vimeo.com/channels/onethingformen