I get crazy excited when talking about what I call “Prayer Attitudes” at Bible studies, so I thought I’d share some with you in a series of blog posts.
Attitude is a way of thinking or feeling about someone or something and is typically reflected in a person’s behavior.
What’s your general attitude when you approach God with a need in prayer?
Maybe you’ve thought or said something like this: “I’m not sure God hears my prayers. What’s the use?” or “I’ve already tried praying about it. Nothing’s changed.” Or maybe you’re full of faith with a more positive stance, like, “I’m going to pray right now. I can’t wait to see what God will do!”
Weak, weary, indifferent, or eager and passionate. Whatever your attitude is right now about prayer, know that it truly matters. It matters to God.
Personally, I’ve been all over the prayer attitude spectrum. But in more recent years as I’ve grown in my relationship with God, He has led me to a place of passion about pursuing Him in persistent prayer.
Luke 18 is a favorite Scripture passage of mine on the subject of prayer. Over the next several weeks, we will look at 5 prayer attitudes that the Lord Jesus taught us.
I call the first prayer attitude “Passionate Perseverance.”
Luke 18 begins with the story of a persistent widow. Be sure to note why Jesus tells this parable!
Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought.
“And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’
“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!’ ”
And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?’” Luke 18:1-8
A prayer attitude of passionate perseverance says, “My God is just and good. Therefore, I won’t give up! I will continue to ask and believe!”
Jesus would say to us, “My child, keep asking, day and night, week after week, month after month, and year after year. Don’t give up! Trust Me. Have faith in Me!”
I don’t know about you, but I want this kind of passionate perseverance! I believe God wants our prayers to be intensely heartfelt. Don’t just pray because you “should” but because He HEARS! And He wants to know that we desperately love and cling to Him in all things.
We’ve got to learn to be patient. No doubt God has been so very patient with us! We often have impatient prayer attitudes. Sorry, but there will never be a Divine Insta-Answer App. I’ve prayed for the salvations of some family members for y-e-a-r-s… (Most are now Christians!). I’ve been asking and waiting for over 10 years now for my own physical healing with a certain issue. But God’s delays aren’t always final. Only He knows the full story! In the meantime, you and I can trust God completely. Completely! His ways are always faithful and trustworthy for His children.
We won’t always understand His purposes. But I DO know ours! We are to always pray! We are to keep on the path of passionate, persevering, faith filled prayers!
This is God’s will for us.
And I pray that Jesus will find a multitude of faith filled Christ followers when He returns.