Pray through it!

And He told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart.” Luke 18:1 (ESV)

Too often we stop short of securing the answer to our prayer. Jesus strongly says we are to pray and not give up! We must pray through it not just to it. Don’t just seek the answer but stand on it. The enemy will often come and try to kill, steal and/or destroy the answer (John 10:10). We must resist the devil when comes to limit the fulfillment of our request (James 4:7). Remember the enemy will always come back and challenge our victories. He may even come back with reinforcements (Luke 11:26). Don’t fret this! Stand firm in it until the end. If the enemy is resisting you it’s because you are doing something he’s threatened by. The very process of resisting is part of the overwhelming victory that God wants us to walk in (Romans 8:37). When we stand firm, we stand in the victory. In fact, it secures the victory. Daniel is a great example of this we prayed through till the answer came, which required 21 days of intensity, with seeing nothing in the physical realm (Daniel 10). The answer is worth the wait, the persistence, the endurance, and the glory God gets! I prayed for 25 years, every day, for my dad’s salvation. Then it came!!! What if I had given up after many long, barren years? Perhaps my dad wouldn’t be in heaven right now!

Whatever it is that you’ve been praying for (i.e. salvation of loved ones and friends, prodigals, getting pregnant, healing, financial provision, to hear Jesus’ voice, etc.), please recommit and press in, for as long as it takes! Commit it and yourself to the Lord. Choose to trust the Lord with all your heart and not the way things look (Proverbs 3:5-6). Ask God to ignite or reignite prevailing prayer people in your church, starting with your pastor. Cry out for God to make your church a house of prayer, filled with joy and endurance. Ask God to grant us a grace for prevailing, enduring prayer in our city!