“Then Jesus told them a parable to show them they should always pray and not lose heart.” (Luke 18:1 NET)
Remaining persistent in prayer over any period of time can be extremely difficult. Too frequently we treat prayer as if it were the most simple of disciplines in the Christian faith. We casually enter into our times of prayer with grand expectations of seeing, hearing, or feeling something from our creator. We long to see our prayers answered and thus confirm that they have been heard by our Lord, yet far too often I find that my prayers are not answered at the moment of my initial request. Perhaps I will linger in prayer over the next few hours or even days concerning the issue at hand, but then with time my fervor in these prayers fades. This verse is unique because it is one of the rare occasions where Jesus gives the answer prior to laying out the parable. This shows me how important prayer is, and not just that I participate in this amazing privilege but that I would remain there and never give up or lose heart. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 urges us to “constantly pray” to our father in heaven. Prayer should never become an event in our day, instead it is a part of our lives as believers. Consider some of the prayers you have given up on in the past. Revisit them and once again ask God for the desires of your heart, whatever you do never give up or lose hope when it comes to prayer.
If you really want to be a person who constantly prays, and never loses heart consider the following tips.
- Write your prayers down. Keeping a prayer list is a simple solution and it really works.
- Don’t rush your time in prayer. If you only pray at meals and before bed you are missing out on the power of prayer. Allow plenty of time for prayer, when we are rushed we forget things.
- Pray with other people. When we invite others into our prayer life we are less likely to lose hope or give up on our prayers.
What would you add to this list? To learn more about prayer you can find an entire week of lessons in The Absolute Basics of Christianity.