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Dictionary of Bible Themes – 8613 prayer, persistence in
8613 prayer, persistence in

8613 prayer, persistence in

An answer to prayer may not come immediately. Petitioners are to continue praying earnestly. This requires patience, determination and, at times, a willingness to wrestle with God for the desired outcome.

The principle of persistence in prayer

Prayer should be made with patience and perseverance Ps 40:1; Ps 88:1 See also 1Ch 16:11; Ps 116:2

Jesus Christ taught his disciples to persist in prayer Lk 18:1-8 See also Lk 11:5-10

Persistence in prayer was exemplified in the early church Ac 1:14 See also Ac 2:42

Paul exhorted the churches to practise persistent prayer Eph 6:18 See also Ro 12:12; 1Th 5:17

Examples of persistence in prayer

Abraham pleads persistently for Sodom Ge 18:23-33

Jacob persists in wrestling with God Ge 32:24-32

Moses persists in interceding for Israel Dt 9:25-29 See also Ex 32:31-32

Hannah persistently asks for a son 1Sa 1:10-11

Elijah persists in prayer about the rain Jas 5:17-18 See also 1Ki 18:36-44

The psalmists persist in calling out to God Ps 88:1-18; Ps 119:147-149; Ps 130:1-6

Jesus Christ persisted in pursuing the Father’s will Lk 22:42-44 pp Mt 26:36-43 pp Mk 14:32-40

Persistence in prayer is exemplified in waiting for God

Mic 7:7 See also Ps 27:14; Ps 33:20; Ps 37:7; Ps 38:15; Ps 40:1; Isa 26:8

See also

8653importunity to God
8672striving with God