“Stay alert and be persistent in our prayers.” Eph 6:18 (NLT)
Why should we be persistent in our prayers, even when we don’t get an answer? There are four reasons.
1.Persistent prayer focuses your attention.
When we pray for something repeatedly, it’s not to remind God about it . He doesn’t need to be reminded! It’s to remind our self who is the source of our answer when we need the most.
If every prayer we would pray were instantly answered, two things would happen.
A.Prayer would become a weapon of destruction in our life.
B.We would never think about God because he would become a vending machine.
Every time when we pray and we get the instant results, All we would think about is only the Blessings. But,God wants us to think about the one who Blesses us.
2.Persistent prayer clarifies our request.
A delay in answer gives us time to clarify exactly what we need and to refine our prayers. When we pray persistently to our heavenly Father.It’s not that God doesn’t want to answer our prayers.He does answer. It’s just that he wants us to be certain of what we really need.
3.Persistent prayer tests our faith.
James 1:3-4 says, “When your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing” (NLT).
The only way we can grow to spiritual maturity is to have our faith tested. One of the ways God’s going to test our faith is by delaying some answers to our prayers, But it doesn't mean that God is not hearing our prayers, He does hear and answers them.
4.Persistent prayer prepares our heart for the answer.
When we make a request to God, God always wants to answer in a best way than what we have prayed for.
Sometimes God denies our prayer requests because we are thinking and asking too small. He wants to give us something Bigger! But first, he has to prepare us for it. So God delays in answering our prayers, to help you grow, get ready, and prepare for a bigger and better answer.
Remember, “God can do much, much more than anything we can ask or imagine” (Ephesians 3:20 NCV).