Day 14- Persist and Pursue
Here are two key ideas that are essential to getting anywhere worth going: persist and pursue. If we give up or keep changing direction, we never really get anywhere. Instead, let us persist in seeking God’s will and then pursue it with our whole heart.
Think of the two blind men who wanted Jesus to heal them. They pursued Him, and when they caught up with Him, Jesus asked them, “Do you believe that I can?” Jesus prayed for them, and their eyes were opened. They went away rejoicing once their faith had made them well (Matt. 9:27–30).
You can either believe that the Lord answers prayer, or you can say it is a coincidence. But as a Christian, you cannot continue to think it is coincidence for the rest of your life. We serve a mighty God who expects us to pursue and to persist in prayer. If you keep knocking on that door, it’s going to open.
God honors the fervent prayer of the righteous. For me it’s become a lifestyle to first seek God’s will and then persist in prayer until it comes to pass. It’s very exciting and so very rewarding. As Christians we have been sorely tested in numerous ways, and we will continue to be tested. Many have become disillusioned, but I encourage you to once more pursue the dream that God gave you by persistently praying until it comes to pass.
James 5:16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.
Matthew 9:27-30 And as Jesus passed on from there, two blind men followed him, crying aloud, "Have mercy on us, Son of David." When he entered the house, the blind men came to him, and Jesus said to them, "Do you believe that I am able to do this?" They said to him, "Yes, Lord." Then he touched their eyes, saying, "According to your faith be it done to you." And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly warned them, "See that no one knows about it."
PRAYER: Dear Lord, when I become tired or complacent, help me to pursue You and persist in prayer. Amen.
The content for this devotional was adapted from "The Bible with Grassroots Reflections" by Angus Buchan © Christian Art Publishers.