Now Jesus was telling them a parable to show that at all times they ought to pray and not to lose heart…” (Lk. 18:1)
Did you ever wonder why it is that sometimes you can pray, I mean really pray, even put your spiritual back into it, so to speak, and still, there is no answer? Or, you go to do something that you really haven’t PRE-PRAYERED for, and God’s presence just seems to be overwhelming? What is that? I didn’t know either until just a couple of weeks ago. I’ll tell you what, this walk with Jesus just keeps getting better and better!
The Prayer Farm?
What if some of our prayers are like crops on a farm? What if we actually have to plant these requests and supplications? What if, like the physical seed, some prayers take longer to come to fruition? What if that thing we are praying for today won’t manifest until next month, or next year, or ten years from now? Maybe we’ve grown so accustomed to our fast food culture that we’ve lost the art of patiently waiting…even when it comes to prayer.
The Prayer Account
I have to admit, prayer hasn’t always been my first choice when I’m looking for something to do. It’s not funny actually, because prayer is the intimate part of our personal relationship with God. Oh, I’m not talking about rote prayers or something cold and impersonal. Imagine calling your friend and saying the same thing over and over, day in and day out. Sure, you call them religiously (pun intended) everyday, but that doesn’t constitute a relationship. After a while, they may not think you are even alive because who talks like that to a friend? No one. I’m talking about real, live, personal time with our Creator; time we spend talking to Him and letting Him speak to us as well. This kind of daily relationship stuff goes in our “prayer account” too. The time we spend with God through prayer, fasting and worship builds up over time until, eventually, we find ourselves almost automatically knowing His heart on something.
Persistence in Prayer Pays
Now, back to our prayer farmer. In Luke 18, Jesus is giving a lesson on how persistent one must be in prayer. He relates the story of a widow who was trying to get justice. Every day, for who knows how long, she finds this Judge and asks for protection from her opponent. Finally, after a while, he does what she asks. Oh, not because he cares about the woman, but because he’s aggravated at her constant asking, and he fears that she will wear him out! He will give her justice. He will give her anything she wants if only
she would leave him alone. Matthew 7:7 says, “Ask, and it shall be given to you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and the door will be open to you.” Literally, the phrase is this: Keep asking, keep seeking, and keep knocking. Jesus again shows us that we are to persist in our prayers to God. Jesus concludes that discourse with explaining how different God is from that Judge. Our Heavenly Father WANTS to answer us, and He will never be “worn out” by our persistently asking for what we need!
Anticipation…it’s making me wait
I don’t like waiting. Maybe it’s my American upbringing, but I really don’t like to wait. I’m getting better in my old age, but still, waiting is not something I enjoy very much. A farmer’s life is characterized by waiting, but what if a farmer put a seed in the ground and came back the next day expecting to find a full-grown plant? Unfortunately, that kind of thing only happens in fairy tales. What if the farmer simply gave up on the crop after just a few days, blaming it on “bad seed?” We’d say that he/she didn’t know much about farming at all. Maybe it’s the same with prayer. Perhaps we should wait a while longer before throwing in the prayer towel. I know I’m too quick to do that in many cases. Take heart, and don’t ever give up, the Lord’s return is very close. (James 5:7-8)
The Fruits of our Prayers
Today, as I was sitting in Church, I thought, wow, this is great! The Spirit is here! It’s strange to me because personally, I’ve been rushing around, not getting enough sleep or prayer time, yet this favor and blessing is upon us. AHA! First of all, it’s not all about me. I concluded that we must be in the midst of some kind of prayer harvest – answers to prayers that have been prayed months or years before. I’m pretty sure that most of the favor I walk in today is as a result of someone’s prayers from yesterday.
If you’ve been praying for something for a very long time, I want to encourage you to keep praying. Our heavenly Father longs to give us answers if we would only keep asking, keep seeking, and keep knocking, no matter how long it takes to get the answer.
In conclusion, let’s fill up that prayer account with our daily communion with God, and let’s persistently and patiently wait for the prayer harvest that is destined to come. Because what if our prayers of today are the spiritual crops of our future. What’s your prayer harvest going to look like? It’s something to consider.
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