And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge said; now, will not God bring about justice for His elect who cry to Him day and night, and will He delay long over them?” – Luke 18:6-7
I have at times grown weary of praying for a certain person or situation to change. In such situations, I have even gotten to the point of just giving up. You might say I had “prayed out.” Interestingly, it was usually at that moment in the intercession process that the honest prayer exercise and experience began.
You see, I know in my mind and heart that God cares, but sometimes I wonder if I really care about Him (His purposes, His glory). I am often so busy informing God of what I want that I fail to take the time to listen to what He wants. Persistence in prayer often leads to frustration, which eventually leads me to cease talking and it is then that my ears (and my heart) are open to hear His voice.
It is in my silence that God usually speaks the loudest because my voice is no longer competing with His.
This much is sure in all churches, forgetting party labels; the smallest meeting numerically is the prayer-meeting. If weak in prayer we are weak everywhere. – Leonard Ravenhill
Dr. David Pope is President and Founder of POPE Initiatives, a non-profit organization committed to providing executive-level management and support services for major global mission efforts.
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