Persistence Pays Off
I want to thank you for an amazing summer. I am truly amazed to see how God is working in your lives and our church. Vacation Bible School was a tremendous success for many reasons. First and foremost, several children made the decision to ask Jesus into their lives while others grew in their understanding of Him. Secondly, we saw new leadership take the reins and give our church hope for the future. Thirdly, many of our faithful servants continued to stand in the gap and man their post as they do every year. There was no small task and everyone played their part.
I made the remark to a few people that I was seeing the answer to a seven-year-long prayer request come to fruition. Yes, seven years! Jesus often reminds us that He does not put time limits or expiration dates on our prayers, we do. As we continue to serve Jesus together, I encourage you to persist in your prayers, for you, your family, your friends and our church.
To persist in prayer and not give up does not mean praying louder or longer, it means keeping your requests in Jesus’ hands by not taking them back. Live for Him every day, believing He will answer. When we live by faith, we are not to give up. If God is delaying His answer, He has a reason for it. Persistence in prayer will grow our character, faith, hope and church.
One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up.
(Luke 18:1 NLT)