Jesus was a storyteller. He was often telling stories to explain spiritual truths. One such story He told is in Luke 18, about a persistent widow who wouldn’t give up asking for her needs to be met. Verse 1 of the chapter states the purpose of the parable: “he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart.”

“Always pray and don’t lose heart.”

That’s tough. Especially in our microwavable, overnight-shipping, bigger, faster, better culture. We want it and we want it now. Not losing heart is tough when we don’t see our prayers answered quickly.

For instance, what if you were praying for a loved one to come to faith in Christ, and you didn’t see any progress for years? Would you keep praying after five years? What about ten? Could you keep praying and not lose heart for two decades? About about three? A friend of mine did just that.

Debbie, a good friend of our family and a faithful team member at our church, prayed for her son’s salvation for thirty-two years. Two years is a long time, but imagine thirty-two! Debbie told me on Sunday that her son came to faith in Christ recently after thirty-two years of prayer! There were many times they were tempted to give up and lose heart, but they kept praying for their son…and God came through!

Is there something or someone you were praying for that you’ve given up on? I hope Debbie’s persistence and Jesus’ words in Luke 18 will revive your prayers. I hope you’ll add someone back to your prayer list whose name you crossed off a long time ago.

You may have given up, but I can guarantee God hasn’t given up. God wants to change the person you’re praying for, but He also wants to change you along the way!


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