The persistent minstrel

Sat in the lovely cooling breeze blowing through the window thinking about the parable of the Widow and the Judge. Its such a powerful depiction of how we should be praying, and I know its not something that I do in my prayer times.

How many times during a service or prayer meeting do we hear it said that “now its been prayed for we can move on to the next subject”? There are times, especially during a service that we don’t have time to focus on one single subject. What about our personal prayer times. We can dot from one thing to another (in a kind of disjointed shopping list fashion) to fit everything into a certain time limit. Where does persistent prayer come in? Do we feel we can pray for one thing over and over until we hear an answer of “Yes”, “No”, or “Later”.

The widow came back again and again until the Judge gives her justice out of a wanting her to leave him alone. If this is a picture of us and God, then we should be at Him in prayer all the time until we get an answer. There are definitely times when we have prayed for something and we feel it is the right thing to leave what we have prayed for on the alter, for the Lord to look after. When we pray there will be times when we feel that it has been dealt with in the heavenlies, so we don’t need to pray for it again. This is not what the parable is about. Its about totally persisting in prayer on a near constant basis for something we really need answered or given.

Never feel that your Father God, your Abba, will not give you an answer. Never feel that in some way it is rude to keep praying and keep asking for answers to anything. He wants you to keep talking and praying to Him. My son talks away to me whether I am listening or not; he doesn’t really care as long as I murmur a good word every now and again. All he needs to know is it’s OK to start another hour of vague rambling about the new Lego model he has built. God isn’t like me, He keeps listening and never leaves your side. There will never be some little murmur as your answer. If we listen and stop being so busy, He will always answer. Maybe not in the way we want, but He does.

Don’t stop asking; don’t stop thanking; don’t stop magnifying.

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