We sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, praying only for knowledge of his will for us and the power to carry it out.
We may not pray because when we prayed in the past, it didn't seem to work. We may even have prayed for things that are promised in the Bible, but didn't get a response. This can be discouraging and make us want to give up on prayer.
While teaching about prayer, Jesus used this example: "Suppose you went to a friend's house at midnight, wanting to borrow three loaves of bread. . . . I tell you this—though he won't do it for friendship's sake, if you keep knocking long enough, he will get up and give you whatever you need because of your shameless persistence" (Luke 11:5-8).
In Old Testament times God had given promises to Israel regarding Jerusalem. Then he told them, "I have posted watchmen on your walls; they will pray day and night, continually. Take no rest, all you who pray to the Lord. Give the Lord no rest until he completes his work, until he makes Jerusalem the pride of the earth" (Isaiah 62:6-7).
Prayer takes persistence. It's not a magic button we push to make God move. We can be confident that if we persistently pray for the things that are God's will and don't rest from prayer until he fulfills his promises, we will see results.
When we ask persistently of a generous God, we will receive a generous share.
Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.