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Which Parable Teaches Us About Persistence in Prayer?

Jesus loved to tell a story, sometimes a simple short story with a clear meaning. At other times a deeper message is hidden within descriptions of familiar sights and events. Jesus didn’t actually teach much about prayer – He prayed, alone, and in the company of His disciples. But in the gospel of Luke there are, not one but, two parables about persevering in prayer. The context and the application of the stories are different so what is so important about persistence in prayer?

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Praying the Promises of God

Prayers that are guided by Scripture are powerful because when we pray according to God’s will we are assured that He hears and will respond to our prayer. Our faith grows and is strengthened by praying the promises of God over our lives, and faith is an essential part of prayer. We know that without faith it is impossible to please God, but the reality is that living a life of faith is difficult and we need all the help we can get!

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Why is Listening to God in Prayer Important?

Listening is an essential part of communication, it is just as important to listen as it is to share. Have you ever experienced a one-sided relationship with someone who wants to talk about themselves all the time, but never seems to be interested in what you have to say? If you have, then you will know how difficult it is to deepen that friendship. When that is true of our personal relationships how much more important is it to develop the skill of listening to God in prayer as well as talking to Him.

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Do Not Be Anxious About Anything

It is so easy to say don’t worry when life is good and everything is going well. But we can all experience those times when problems appear and soon we can start to feel overwhelmed. Scripture tells us, ‘do not be anxious about anything,’ because the Lord knows that it is our tendency to fret about those things that are out of our control. The Scripture doesn’t end there, though, we are told how we can be released from fear and undue anxiety – to bring everything, and everyone, to God in prayer.

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Psalms For Evening Prayer

The psalms were written as conversation with God, where the psalmists express freely their thoughts and feelings. This is the true nature of prayer with honest heartfelt expression, and there is no formula required. Often the psalms vocalise remembrance of God’s saving acts on behalf of His people which brings a change of perspective. As we wind down at the end of the day it is good to recall what God has done for us and to realign our thinking with the truth of God’s word. Using the psalms for evening prayer is an ideal way of doing this.

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