Always Pray and Never Give Up


“Now He (Jesus) was telling them a parable to show that at all times they ought to pray and not to lose heart” ~ Luke 18:1, NASB.

Holy Habitation with God is a relationship that stands the test of time. A growing, vibrant, functional relationship requires communication of some sort. Prayer is the line of communication God makes available to us in Jesus name and the power of His Spirit. The most effective prayer is a two-way communication with more listening than speaking.

We speak praise, worship, and thanksgiving to God more than request, but request is a necessity. Looking at Jesus’ model prayer, most of the outline is praise, worship, and thanksgiving. That heart attitude permeates affective prayer. Requesting our daily need, repentance, and crying out for a heart of forgiveness and grace flow to God with greatest power when the heart is filled with the glory of God first and foremost. It is through requesting God to act on our behalf that we express with deepest realization of our need of Him, our trust in His provision and care. As we are faithful to make our requests, it is vital to realize with thanksgiving and praise the answers that come, recognizing from Whom they come. This is the teaching of Christ in Matthew 6:9-15.

Father speaks to us through His Word, other believers, and by His Spirit. In John 10, Jesus teaches us the importance of growing to know the voice of God. He promises that those who are His hear His voice and follow Him. Prayer as a two-way communication is vital to our ability to live with power in these days, and we desperately need this Holy Habitation with God.

However, what of times when God seems quiet and His hand moves at a pace that seems slow to our finite mind and heart? What then?

In our focal passage of Luke 18:1-8, Jesus tells us, do 103not grow weary. Keep asking, seeking, and knocking with faith and hope in God until His answer comes. In scripture, we learn many things that may stay the hand of God or leave us in want of His voice. Daniel sought God for two weeks, waiting for God’s response, only to learn that it was demonic forces hindering the angel, Gabriel, from arriving with the answer. The enemy never changes. The tactics he used then, he still tries today. Angelic warriors stand against the enemy of God on our behalf.

Sometimes God waits for the right time. Sometimes He waits for our obedience in what He instructed us to do before His hand will move in to help. Sometimes He is busy making us ready for His response, growing our understanding of Him, teaching us the skills and wisdom and knowledge required for it. Sometimes God is working in those around us, making them ready to cooperate. Whatever the reason, “The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).

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“And will not [our just] God defend and protect and avenge His elect (His chosen ones), who cry to Him day and night? Will He {delay long over them}, defer them and delay help on their behalf? I tell you, He will defend and protect and avenge them speedily. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find [persistence in] faith on the earth?” ~ Luke 18:7-8, AMP Classic {NASB}.

5 thoughts on “Always Pray and Never Give Up”

  1. I read back over your blog and realized I read
    “Conversation” instead of “comunnication” That makes a difference, however, would you explain “more listening” than “speaking” in that statement? Instead of commenting yesterday, I should have ask you to explain it. Just a little confusing. Still love u.

    1. LaVerne, I plan to do an article or a few devotional blogs explaining what I understand as Listening Prayer, which has been my practice for at least 40 years. I hoped to at least start that today, but with Hubby’s biopsy tomorrow, prep for that takes precedence. I will respond fully through those posts to my blog ASAP. Watch for it! Love you.

  2. Praying is not a two way conversation! We pray to God and He listens! God speaks to us through His Word. God answers our prayers in many ways, but, He does not speak to us directly! That’s what I’m saying. Love u too!

  3. I’m sorry, but, I disagree with your statement ” praying is a two way conversation with God” and “praying is more listening than speaking”. God does not speak to us directly. He speaks to us through his word and his word only! God has said all He needed to say in the word! The Holy Spirit convicts and speaks to our hearts, direct us and guides us and etc. However you had a lot of “Meat” there too!

    1. Hum…I think you may be hearing something different from my meaning of communication than what I am saying. For one thing, you just repeated in your response what I am saying in my blog, thus I think you are reading things between the lines that are not there in what I am saying. If that is not the situation, I guess we will just have to agree to disagree. Love you still.

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