Our instant gratification culture is killing our patience. Everywhere you turn, we are figuring out faster ways to get the things we want. I’m not complaining about that, in fact, I’m all for it. However, there’s an inherent spiritual danger when it comes to instant gratification: God doesn’t work that way.
God isn’t into instant gratification because patience is often a better teacher.
In Romans 12:12, Paul says we should “Be constant in prayer,” and he commands us to “pray without ceasing” in 1 Thessalonians 5:17.
It’s challenging enough to pray consistently throughout the day, but even more so to pray consistently throughout your life!
Last Sunday, February 3 marked 1 year of daily prayer for the old Clarksville Kmart building. We know God is going to give it to us somehow, some way (watch the backstory here), but we don’t know when or how. So we keep praying. Last February, I really thought God would provide the building for us much quicker than He has. But just like Israel on day 6 lap 6 around Jericho, nothing seems to have changed for us and Kmart. We can’t see any progress, and we’re still out of space where we currently are. But we keep praying.
Mark Batterson, in his book, Chase the Lion, wrote about persistence in prayer. He said our problem with prayer tends to be our A.S.A.P. approach. We want God to answer As Soon As Possible and we often get discouraged and give up when He doesn’t. Instead of A.S.A.P. prayers, we should prayer A.L.A.T. prayers: As Long As it Takes.
Is there something you should continue praying about?
Your son or daughter who is running from God?
That addiction you can’t seem to break?
That cancer that keeps coming back?
Let’s live lives that are defined by prayer and be willing to pray AS LONG AS IT TAKES!
K E V I N • M I L L E R
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