At Kairos tonight, Mike Glenn spoke from Luke 18 on the persistent widow and the unjust judge. I wish I could tell you I took copious notes and remembered every word he said. I didn’t. I saw something shiny, my ADD took over, and it was all over from there.
The main point I take from that passage is this: keep praying.
Even if it seems that you’re mouthing words, keep praying.
Even if it seems like you’re the only one listening to your own prayer, keep praying.
Even if it seems that your praying is doing nobody any good, keep praying.
You’ll never know the power of persistent prayer if you quit in the middle.
I’ve learned a few things over my lifetime. One of those is that God’s timetable is entirely different than mine. He’s looking at a much bigger picture than I am.
So what I see as a deadline that’s come and gone, God sees as a better time and a better me to receive what He’s preparing for me.
Often, I don’t receive what I pray for, not because it’s out of God’s will, but because I’m not ready for it. I think I am. I say I am, but I’m not.
Often, what I pray for isn’t big enough. God has something way bigger than what my small mind can dream of and hope for. I’m praying pint-sized but God is thinking Kingdom-sized.
God is not like that unjust judge. He’s not reluctant to give us what we ask for. In fact, He’s often very willing to give us what we ask for. That means that we have to do the asking.
I’m thankful for the Holy Spirit that prays my own prayers better than I can.
I’m thankful for those around me who pray for me unceasingly and who believe for me when I can’t believe for myself.
Most of all, I’m thankful for the God who gives the perfect gift at the perfect time in the perfect way.