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About To Give up Praying?

Don't give up

Ramola, a poor widow had lost her husband years back. She not only lost her only companion in life, but also all that she had to call her property, by her so-called relatives who overpowered her and seized it from her. There was no help that she could find except the head of the small Village that she lived in.

Unfortunately, the Man was not a good leader. He was selfish and inclined to enjoy life on His own without caring for the needs of his people. When this widow approached him, he turned nothing but a deaf ear to her. She was compelled to get out of his presence every time she went to him, just because he was too busy for her doing nothing at all.

The woman would go silently after trying hard to talk to him. Yet she would return the very next day and would go home without even seeing the face of the judge. This went on for a whole year. Though she was mocked by the people around her, though the judge hated to see her face, though men chased her away mercilessly, though she found no answer for one whole year, she kept persisting. She kept going to him.

Her body might have been weak, but her heart was strong. She was a persistent lady never giving up on what she wanted. She wanted justice and she was going to get it done no matter what.

As days went on this Head of the Village who had neither the fear of God, nor care for the people saw how annoying the widow was and called her to listen to her plea. He did not stop with that. He saw to it that what she wanted was done for her, putting to shame all those who spoke against her, who mocked her and cheated her.

Now, that was just a paraphrase of the parable Jesus mentions in Luke 18.  Jesus tells this to make his disciples understand that they need to be persistent in prayer and not give up.

A selfish Judge could do justice for a widow just because she kept going to him. How much more will we get justice done through persistent prayer, being the Children of God, His chosen ones?

My dear friend, if you are in a situation where you feel justice is not done to you, you don’t have what you should be having, you feel miserable with the feeling of having lost everything in life, may it be materialistic, spiritual, emotional or physical, there is a way you can have what you want, if only if it is not out of God’s will for you.

It is through prayer!

Jesus was a man of prayer, and He wants us to pray without ceasing too. May be we don’t see the results right away, but we will someday, but we just should not give up.

There is nothing we cannot do, we cannot face, if we constantly keep submitting it to God in prayer. What cannot be achieved by any other means can be achieved by fervent and persistent prayer.

If you’ve been praying long enough for something and are about to give up or you have already, let me encourage you my friend, get back on your knees and pray, for there is no other way. And all your prayers are soon to be rewarded. In a way better than you ever imagined or can, for the judge is your heavenly Father who is in favour of you. Keep going to Him. He wants you to persist.

A Call To Persevere

     Hebrews 12.1 says, “…Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.

 We the children of the most high God are called to serve Him. Even as we know this, we may often find ourselves stumbling over innumerable blocks that come our way. To add to this, situations around us may seem totally discouraging, to the extent that we lose our hope both on God and ourselves.

     I found myself at this situation at one point of time and felt I’m never gonna make it, I’m never gonna be of any use to God. That’s when God taught me this lesson- To persevere. To hold on and not give up.

How do we Persevere?

1. Sometimes we will have to throw away some things, which may seem precious to us or which we are addicted to, in order to follow Jesus. Hebrews 12. 1 says “ Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily strangles.”
 This thing might be our friendship, our sleep, those movies in our laptop, those songs we know we should not be listening to or we know what.
2. We need to run away from sin as Joseph did when he was tempted by his master’s wife (Genesis 39.6-12).
3.Watching and praying, as Jesus teaches us,is very important, lest we fall into temptation (Matthew. 26.4).
4.Fix your eyes on Jesus (Hebrews 12.2). When we concentrate on the problems of this world we forget that there is a God who is in control. So let us keep looking at Jesus and He will sustain us.

What is our Hope?

Jesus is our hope. He endured such opposition from sinful men, so that we will not grow weary and lose heart ( Hebrews 12.3,4).
In our struggle against sin we have not resisted to the point of shedding of blood, but Jesus has, just for our sake. And surely He can help us in our weaknesses. All we need to do is simply trust Him.

Our encouragement in Hardship

When God disciplines us we need to take it serious, but at the same time we need not lose heart, for the Lord disciplines those He loves. Indeed, He loves us and has called us His own children.
When we respect our earthly fathers for the discipline they have brought us in, how much more should we submit to the discipline of our heavenly Father.
No discipline seems pleasant  at that very moment, instead it is painful. But later it produces holiness, righteousness and peace within (Hebrews 12.11). What a blessing!

So, let us not be disheartened when God allows such situations in our life.They are just to mould us and make us the masterpiece of His hands. Let us strengthen our feeble hands and weak knees and march forward, doing the work He has called us to do (Hebrews 12.5-12).

  

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