By Compass Christian Church
In his concluding message, “Don’t Give Up,” Pastor Brian emphasized the importance of persistence in prayer. When we cultivate persistent prayer in our lives, we can reap amazing benefits. Let’s review the main points of his message.
Persistent Praying Provides Peace
In Philippians 4:6-7, the apostle Paul writes about a peace that transcends all understanding. This means it is a peace that isn’t natural – it’s supernatural. This isn’t a peace that we can get anywhere other than from God. It’s not a peace we can manufacture on our own; but, by praying and casting our anxieties on the Lord, He can provide it.
Persistent Praying Produces Patience and Perseverance
Pastor Brian said, “Waiting is part of the process of becoming what God wants us to be.” Ultimately, God wants us to be more like Jesus (see Romans 8:29). Growth is rarely easy, but it is always worth it. Persisting in prayer doesn’t just change things, it changes us.
Persistent Prayer Prevents Pride
It’s easy to be self-reliant rather than God-reliant. The dollar bill may still say, “In God We Trust,” but it’s far too easy to trust in the dollar itself, or the job that provides the dollar, or the health that enables us to do the job that provides the dollar, etc. Persisting in prayer reminds us that we always need God, no matter the circumstances.
Persisting in prayer is an ongoing process. It can provide peace, it can change your heart, and it protects you from dangerous, self-reliant pride. Although we’ve come to the end of our “Teach Us To Pray” blog posts, we hope that you have decided to begin or maintain a lifelong pattern of prayer. Don’t give up! And enjoy the journey…