Do you desire a change in your life or in that disturbing issue before you? Or are you wondering why you haven't seen a change since you prayed? The solution lies in continuous fervent prayer, which always brings about change.
So Peter was kept in prison, but fervent prayer for him was persistently made to God by the church (assembly) - Acts 12:5 (AMP)
Then the Lord said, "Hear what the unjust judge said. And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth? Luke 18:6-8 (NKJV, emphasis mine)
Many people want change but they do not want to lift a finger in order to see the change. They want it all ready-made and delivered to them like Pizza. However, in spiritual things, the mode of operation is different. Everyone needs to work out his salvation with fear and trembling, Philippians 2:12. And continuous fervent prayer is one of the ways of doing so.
Whatever changes you may desire in your life: spiritual, financial, emotional, physical, etc., you can achieve them by continuously praying about it until you receive your result. Answered prayer is possible if you don't quit.
The enemy may say, "I am not letting go of your goods", then it's time for you to tell him boldly, "neither will I allow you to keep it" by your actions which include continuous fervent prayer. When you persist, he will let go like he let go of Jesus after tempting Him for a while, Luke 4:1-12. No matter how long it may take, remain dogged. He can never withstand a persistent prayer filled with faith.
Many people lose their victory at the nick of time just because they quit believing and praying. Jesus says there is salvation for those who endure till the end. Your end may be NOW! Yes, you have been on it for a long time, your change may be now. Joy comes in the morning, and so as long there is breath in your nostril, your morning is coming. Prayer brings about change.
The disciples rested a bit and Herod killed James but when he went on to pick Peter for execution too, the disciples said not this time, and they engaged continuous fervent prayer for a change. And indeed their prayers brought about a change. They were still praying when Peter knocked on the door, Acts 12:1-19.
Also, Elijah kept praying to God to send rain until he saw a sign of it. His servant went seven times before he saw the sign. Elijah didn't stop at the third time, he continued until he saw his heart desire. I believe he would have continued beyond seven if the sign of rain was not seen at the seventh time, 1 Kings 18:42-44.
Daniel is another example for us in the scriptures. He sought an answered prayer from the Lord for twenty-one days before his answer came. He stayed at it until he received his heart desire. Interestingly, the angel said he was coming with the answer from the very first day Daniel started praying but the enemy tried to stop him. Daniel's continued fervent prayer kept the answer coming till the angel was able to bring the result to him, Daniel 10:12-13
Your case may be like Daniel's case above, your answered prayer may have been disrupted by the enemy. Your continuous praying coupled with faith will ensure you receive your change no matter how long it takes. Continued fervency in prayer brings about change.
Does God want you to have your change? Sure! But how long can you hold on with your prayers? Continuous fervent prayer does bring about change.
Ngozi Nwoke is a teacher, counselor and author of "Peace Money Can't Buy" and "The Man Jesus" . She has a passion to teach people how to enjoy peace, God's love and christian living for more fulfilling life. Want more fulfilling life? Subscribe for free email updates today. http://stepswithgod.co
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