Bible Verses of the Week

Pray and Don't Give Up

1 Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. 2 He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. 3 And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’ 4 “For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, 5 yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’ ” 6 And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. 7 And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? 8 I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?” (NIV, Luke 18:1–8)

Prayer is loving communication with God. Prayer is the expression of our inner spiritual needs. Through prayer we can find strength of spirit, guidance, wisdom, joy and inner peace. God will answer our prayers and give us everything we need and more (Mark 11:24, John 15:7), but God answers prayers in His own way and in His own time. Often, we must be persistent in prayer. The answer, when it comes, may be in a form radically different than what we expected, and we must be alert to that possibility. God frequently uses other people, such as physicians, friends, relatives or new acquaintances, to supply an answer to our prayers.

Sometimes, the answer must come from within ourselves and persistent prayer will help us find that answer. We may need a new attitude or a different way of looking at things, or we may need to make amends with someone (Matthew 6:14-15). For more information: What Does the Bible Say About Prayer?