Persistence in Prayer

“You ought always to pray.”

Jesus taught us to pray. When you pray be more mindful of the One to whom you are praying than that about what you are praying. When you start, “Our Father…” pause and focus on to Whom it is you are praying. 

If it helps you to envision Him as you address Him just focus on Him as a cloud of light, after all that is a description given Him in the Bible. Jesus is spoken of as the Light of the World. Once you are focused on the One being addressed, continue your prayer as addressing Him personally.

Some of His responses must be:

Which one of us is God?

You’ve got to be kidding.

And the saddest of all, I thought you would never ask.

Pray for Him to reveal His will to you, knowing He will once He sees in you the will to do it. Pray:

“Lord guide me, the sea is so big and my boat is so small.”

Often God guides through long and uncertain pathways. However, if we will follow, He will guide.

“Lord, free me from the pressure of doing great things in the world by being great in doing small things for you.
Help me to persist even though I want to give up.
Help me to keep trying even though I can’t see what good it does.
Help me to keep praying although at times I’m not sure You hear me.
Help me to keep living in a way that seeks to please You.
Help me to know when to lead and when to follow.
Help me to know when to speak and when to keep silent.
Help me to know when to wait and when to act.
Lord, please help me to hang on.
Please don’t let me give up.
Help me to remember that,
like the sun in the morning,
You come when it is time.”

Persist in prayer.