I was struck anew by this story in 1 Kings when I read it recently. Elijah knew that God was sending rain. He sensed it in his spirit, and he told the king that rain was coming. But he did not just go on his own way. He went up to the mountain and prayed. He kept praying until something happened.
I have heard that expression “PUSH” which means “Pray Until Something Happens”, but how many of us give up? We pray for something to happen and when it doesn’t happen when we think it should, we think God must not want to answer our prayer. Or maybe we think we have prayed about it, God knows about it, so now we just need to wait. But as I read the story about Elijah, I feel God telling me, “even if you know I am answering, don’t give up praying. Pray until you see the fulfillment.”
I do not want to condemn you if you have given up and got discouraged when your prayers didn’t seem to be answered. I’ve done that too. But God does not condemn us. He is calling us to repent - to turn away from our way of doing things to His way.
May I encourage you today, as I encourage myself, too. Let’s not give up. Let us ask God to help us to keep praying until we see the answer.
Prayer: Lord, forgive me for the times when I have not persevered in prayer. I have given up and been overcome with unbelief. Please help me today to remember the importance of perseverance. Help me to keep looking, even if it takes many times. Give me faith to keep watching to see your answer to my prayer. Amen
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