Scripture Reading: “And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;” (Luke 18:1-8)
When I was a young boy, I could remember hearing my grandmother saying this phrase quite often around the house. She would say, at the top of her lungs, “Men ought always to pray, and not faint!” (in that order).
In most cases, she would say it when someone had come to her with some sort of problem for which it seemed that there was no likely answer, or solution, to. My grandmother was a woman of prayer, and to her, any and all solutions to any and every problem was rooted and grounded in the sacred practice of prayer.
Prayer was never a last resort for her, but a “primary” course of action that she took whenever a problem arose. She truly believed in the privilege of carrying everything to God in Prayer.
Yet, what I can recall, with even more clarity than her declaration, is the unceasing resolve that she would display in her prayer habit.When a problem arose, she would pray… If the problem got worse, she would pray… When she got a breakthrough, she would pray… And when all was well, she would still pray.
What she often declared, she often practiced: praying without ceasing; and it’s to that end, and for that purpose that the Lord spoke the parable mentioned above.
Oh how persistence in prayer is so greatly needed in our day in time!
If you’ve ever been tempted to cease praying, Now is not a good time!In fact, no time is ever a good time!!
We ought always to pray and not faint!!
May God’s Grace and Power Continue to Be With You,