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Persistence and Prayer — Part Three of A Biblical Series on Prayer

Once upon a time, there was a woman whose daughter was being oppressed — by a demon. Naturally, the mother was terribly distraught by her daughter’s suffering. Yet she could find no way to help her.

Until someone special came to town. This Man was not from this region, nor was His work to be completed here, but He was prominent even here, known for performing healings and even claiming to be God’s Son.

Now the mother of the demon-possessed girl believed that this Man was indeed who He said He was. That He was God’s Son and that He was powerful enough to do anything. So, she went to Him and pleaded that He might heal her daughter.

But the Man did something that would not be expected of this kind Man: He completely ignored her. But she persisted. She kept asking. And asking. And asking. So much so, that this Man’s friends asked Him to send her away for ‘she was crying after’ them.

Yet this woman persisted asking. Pleading. And worshipping. Recognizing this Man’s power.

Finally the Man told the mother of the demon-possessed daughter that His work was not for this region but smoother place, by saying, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.”

But the woman held fast to her faith and replied, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their master’s table.”

And Jesus told her “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed.

Princess, it is not shameful or lacking in faith to continue to ask for the same thing. That gentile woman’s persistence was considered faith, Jesus said.

Actually, not only is it not bad to ask repeatedly, we are actually told to. Consider what Jesus says:

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek , and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” — Matthew 7:7-8

When Jesus says that, in the original text it is written in the continual: ask and keep asking; seek and keep seeking; knock and keep knocking. So pray continually.

“Pray without ceasing.” — 1 Thessalonians 5: 17

So, my friend, do not be afraid to continue to pray for the same thing over and over. That doesn’t mean continuing to say the same mindless words. It means to pray about the things you’re passionate about — constantly. Your prayer needs to be heart felt.

“The fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” — James 5:17

I hope that you find yourself praying from the bottom of your heart frequently, princess!

Have a WONDERFUL day!!❤️

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