Always Pray, and Never Give Up

Hello my dear readers! It’s been a while I do not write my own post. My last post (except guest post) was in July, it was due to my office work and some other activities. It has been difficult to have a quiet time to write a post. Praise God, finally I got a quiet (although short enough) time to write. My post this time will talk about prayer. This is related to exactly what I am doing. Actually, it has been last year my husband and I continuing to pray earnestly to be able to have a second child. We have gone through some medical tests and everything is well. I don’t know why having a second child isn’t as easy as when God blessed me first child. My parents just gave me a short advice, “Keep praying, and never give up”

Talking about prayer, people have several and different ways of addressing prayer. There’re people who use prayer as an alternative to get what they want. They will be glad and give thank if God has answered his prayer, if God doesn’t answer or grant his prayer, it doesn’t matter and they will simply look for other alternatives. The others think that praying earnestly and continuously just a waste of time. They think that God already knows what we want and need so we don’t have the urge to ask God again. Some are just praying perfunctory, but once their prayer isn’t granted they’re immediately disappointed, blame God, turn their back on God and think God doesn’t care, even worse, they begin to doubt the God’s Word, even His Existence.

So how do we pray? To answer the question, I took the parable of persistent widow that written in Luke 18:1-8. There was a weak widow, she portrayed as an oppressed figure, living in poverty and often being treated unfairly in society. Also there was a despotic judge. Be told that this widow continues plead the despotic judge to defend her rights. The widow said, “Grant me justice against my adversary.”(Luke 18:3) What the judge did? For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’”(Luke 18:4-5) My dear friends, I’m focused to the word, “Keep bothering me…” this means that the widow, without giving up, tireless, and persistently went to the judge and continued to asking that her request be granted. So the key of the answer above implied in Jesus’ word to the disciples. We should always pray and not give up (Luke 18:1) in other word, like the widow, we have to pray persistently! I strongly believe at the time the judge made decision not based on compassion but solely because the persistence of the widow made him uncomfortable so eventually the widow’s wishes being granted.

After we know how we should pray, now let’s see why we need to keep praying persistently and do not give up. My beloved friends, based on my personal experience in praying, I found that there are four reason why we have to pray persistently and tireless. Let’s look together.

Showing sooth of our faith to God

Prayer is our medium to build relationship with God. Prayer is also a form of expression or declaration of our faith before God that conveyed through the word. When we pray, it shows how our faith and to whom we put faith. The quality of our faith showed by our constant and continuous prayer. Faith must be accompanied with trust, and only those who believe will praying continuously no matter what is the result. Whether it is delighting to them or not.

Showing our faithfulness and patience

Earnest and persistent prayer also shows how deep our faithfulness and patience. When we’re facing hard problems we pray for God’s help. The question is how big our patience waiting for the answer of our prayer also how big we put our hope to God. Impatience often becomes the biggest obstacle for us to get God’s promise and answer. Initially we pray persistently but when the answer doesn’t come as fast as we want, the intensity of our prayer decreases drastically until finally completely stops and we will begin disappointed to God and immediately look for other alternatives that probably against to God. That’s why the fervent prayer become a benchmark of how big our patience and faithfulness to God.

Train us to live by faith.

As we know that faith come by hearing, hearing by God’s word. (Romans 10:17) but we will be difficult to experience faith growth if we don’t do the God’s word in our daily lives. By praying earnestly and continuously, we are already applying what God’s Word want us to do: pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17) … continuing steadfastly in prayer (Romans 12:12), And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. (Ephesians 6:18), Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation (Matthew 26:41)

Showing sincerity in prayer

Our sincerity in prayer will be reflected by how big the intensity of our prayer. People who aren’t earnestly in prayer will stop quickly, easily give up and despair but those who earnest in prayer will make their life of prayer as a means to build very strong relationship and communication with God. They will not treat prayer as a “tool” like vending machine that easily can provide what they need but they use prayer to tighten their intimacy with God.

Dear friends, what about us now? I really don’t know what you are praying for this time. Maybe you’re struggling in prayer for a baby like me, or maybe you’re praying for your new job or business. Well, it doesn’t matter what are you praying for, this time please allow me to encourage all of us to pray fervently, persistently, and never give up. Please believe that God will hear and answer our prayer. It’s written in the Bible,

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. (1 John 5:14)

Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. (Mark 11:24)

There’s no prayer that is not heard and answered by God as long as we do the right prayer, with humility, not based on personal desire, fully surrender to God, and with a clean heart. However, even though we know and believe that God hears and will answer our prayers, we must be prepared to accept God’s answer of our prayers because sometime God’s answer not in accordance with things that we expect. If God doesn’t gives the answer as we wish, it doesn’t mean that God doesn’t care and loves us. Let’s take a look to 1 John 5:14, there’s a word “according His will…” this means that God’s answer isn’t necessarily in harmony with our will and we cannot force God to always give what we want. When God gives a different answer with our expectation, we have to know that it means God has another better and wonderful plan for us. Maybe it’s hard for us to accept but please remember God’s plan is always the best.

I don’t know when God will answer my prayer for the second child, I also don’t even know if God will grant my prayer or not. This time, what I have to do is only pray, pray, and continue to pray tireless. I strongly believe God will give an answer of my prayer in time and also do believe whatever God’s answer is, that is the best because He knows what the best is for me and my family. I will not be disappointed and angry to God and will not think that earnestly and tireless pray that I did just a waste of time and in vain. Let’s always pray, and never give up. Just waiting for the best answer from God according His will and His time! Amen.

Related reading

Keep Asking by Queen Karen

Karina – Living by Faith

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47 thoughts on “Always Pray, and Never Give Up

  1. Pingback: Always Pray, and Never Give Up | Living Sacrifice Ministries

  2. As I read this, it came in alignment with what I’m going to post. It’s about the faithfulness of God. God’s timing is the best. We may not always understand his thoughts and plans but they are of good. Continue to pray and have faith. You will testify of the goodness of the Lord. Stay Blessed 🙏🏿😊

  3. There is a book from Timothy Keller named Prayer, it is recommended to read. I my self learned a lot ” about” Prayer. This is good prospective post about Prayer. Awesome to keep Prayer even we don’t feel to pray or what to say with all injustice around and within us! But God surly will answer
    . Surly.

    • Dear, Sister Kathie
      Thank you very much for your prayer. It means a lot to me. Also thank you for asking my father. Praise the Lord he’s in very good condition and enjoying his retirement. Thank you very much, sister. Have a wonderful Sunday. God Bless.

  4. Karina, I know God is with you and your Hubby!
    Here is a poem for both of you;

    We, Will, Praise Your Name

    In the morning
    When our spirits
    awaken…we will
    rejoice in You

    We Shall praise you
    Lord, for the life still within
    our bodies

    We will sing a new song
    of joy and love to you
    who sustains us

    We will trust in you
    and only you,
    throughout the day

    For so many times our
    judgment has failed us
    But in Your judgment
    alone will we rest totally
    secure while your peace
    fills our minds

    You alone can do all
    things and We know
    and believe You will
    always do what is best
    for …us

    We will praise your name
    throughout the day from
    morning until night and
    from night until the dawn,

    And with great expectancy
    and faith, for we know Your
    answer is already on the way.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    God bless you both my sister!

  5. I will join you in your prayers for a second child! Dear Father, please grant Karina her heart’s desire to have another child to raise in Your grace and love. Keep her heart faithful and trusting through this, and thank You for blessing her with the ability to write such beautiful words! In the might name of Jesus!

    • dear brother in Christ,Jeff
      Amen! It’s a great honor to me you pray for me. I’m moved. Thank you very much for your prayer, brother. It means a lot. God Bless and have a wonderful Sunday.

  6. Thank you for this simple reminder to pray. I even spoke about it last evening during a Bible study. If you remember the story of Peter being imprisoned in Acts 12, the church was praying all night. Then, when Peter knocked on the door after the angel delivered him from the prison, the Christians didn’t believe it at first. I don’t believe it was because they had little faith – they just had no idea God would answer their prayers and deliver Peter in the way He did. I’m sure they were probably expecting a miracle of some other kind, like changing King Herod’s heart before having Peter killed, not a midnight angel visit that unlocked chains and opened prison doors.

    My prayer for you and me is that God would provide answers in ways we might never expected and show how big a God He really is.

    • Dear brother in Christ, Anthony..
      Thank you very much for your great response on my post. Yes I always remember the story of Peter when he imprisoned. Yes, I strongly believe God will answer our prayers with His way,of course. Thank you very much for reading also for your prayer. God Bless.

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  8. Just remember, Karina– we have an anatomy that isn’t always dependent upon our spiritual actions. But, as you can see, we are all praying with you for you and your husband. And in your own prayers, please remind yourself to God of your thankfulness for having been blessed with your first child. Many deserving others have not been so fortunate. Peace.

    • Hello there…
      Thank you very much for the reminder also thank you for the prayer for us. I will always remember this comment and will be my self reflection..Thank you and God Bless.

  9. Aloha, Dear Karina,
    You always encourage me so much with your abundant faith in God and His Word! May God continue to have His Face to shine upon you as you seek and look with expectancy for Him to show you His Will for your life and family.
    Love in Jesus Our Lord and Savior,
    Aunty Liz in Hawaii

    • Dear, Aunty Liz
      Aloha, aunty ! How’s your doing? I hope and pray everything is going well with you and family. Thank you very much for your lovely comment also thank you very much for the prayer 🙂 Warm regards to uncle Wyman. God Bless you all.

  10. Karina, this is such a heartfelt, transparent, and encouraging post. ♥ Everyone gets into a season of waiting and trusting God for His will to be done, His answer, and His timing and this is such a wonderful reminder for all of us to keep on praying persistently, especially as you pray for a long time and don’t see any sign of God answering your prayers. If we could see the answers to our prayers right away every time, it wouldn’t require any faith to keep praying and trusting Him in our wait. Thank you for this. It’s so timely for me in my current season of life. May God bless you and your family abundantly and answer your prayers in His perfect time. You will be in my prayers!

  11. Congratulations, Karina! — Today, in my post at LoveAndGrace (found here: http://bit.ly/2Q8dB7j), I nominated you for the Sunshine Blogger Award. This is a vote in recognition of your work as a Bible-based blog writer and encouragement for you to continue with the full confidence that the Lord is using you for His Kingdom. – Ward

    (The logo doesn’t copy over, but it’s available via the link to my blog)

    The Rules: 
    Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link from your blog site back to him or her.
    Answer the 11 questions provided by the blogger who nominated you.
    Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 questions of your own. (These can be the same questions or you might want to change some of them.)
    Notify the nominees by commenting on one of their blog posts.
    List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post.

    Questions I Will Submit

    What is your “Life Verse” or favorite verse and why?
    Describe briefly a moment of Grace in your life.
    What is your favorite gift and why?
    Favorite Christian song lyrics?
    Christian book that you would recommend
    Describe your intended blog reader.
    Favorite book of the Bible and why? (okay to list two!)
    What city or town is your favorite “go to” place and why?
    What would you like to change about your life?
    Unmet desire or goal?
    Share an interesting fact about your life.

    Since I do not have a list of who has been nominated, you very well might fall under that category. However, by nominating your site, I’ve already introduced you to my readers, along with a recommendation to see what you’re doing. As I have gone through this process, I have learned more about other bloggers’ work. I am feeling great joy in that.

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