God is always amazing. The Holy Spirit woke me up with a sense of urgency Sunday morning. The words that woke me were “The time is now”. The words were loud and clear. Until this very moment, I thought that He meant it was time for me to wake up to receive a message. Now, I understand that He meant “The time is now” to apply the message that was given.
He spoke about perseverance of prayer. He told me to emphasize that things happen when we persevere in prayer.
In order to persevere effectively — or to have perseverance — it’s important to understand what those words means.
perseverance: steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success
persevere: continue in a course of action even in the face of difficulty or with little or no prospect of success.
Our Heavenly Father wants us to have hope in knowing that a lot of things happening in the world right now can be changed if faithful people of God collectively persevere in prayer. They are things that we may feel have very little prospect of success. The mighty name of our Heavenly Father is a Powerhouse — and He promised to cause all things to bring forth good works in His children.
Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
He’s calling on us to persevere in prayer. God is always amazing. He always knows what we need.
Before we discuss more recent events, He asked me to first give examples of things that I persistently prayed over. He named 3 specific things for me to share.
First, a condition that I was born with called hyperhidrosis. I was so embarrassed by this for many years, starting from my elementary school days. It’s a medical condition that causes a person to sweat excessively. Some people have it in their hands, others in their feet or face. I had it under my arms. There was no deodorant, or soap that could stop me from sweating. As a child, I didn’t understand that it was a real medical condition. The sweat was so excessive that all of my clothes were stained from it. Sweat was embedded into the material of every shirt I owned. The arm pit areas of my clothes were yellowed, and they held an odor that couldn’t be washed out. As I grew up, I hid it the best I could. I never wore silk, or any material that showed sweat easily. I layered my clothes — and never raised my arms up. I wore sweaters and jackets all the time, even when it wasn’t cold to hide the fact that my armpits were always wet. They would be soaking wet from the pit of my arm down towards my waist. I was always afraid that people would judge me — and think that I didn’t bathe. I probably took more baths than anyone trying to keep from smelling bad — but as soon as I got out of the tub or shower, I would literally see streams of sweat pouring down my arms like a water faucet. It caused me much emotional distress. I prayed all the time about it. Every morning on my way to school I would ask God to please not let me sweat that day. I would make offerings like “I’ll do this…. if you please let my arms stay dry”.. I didn’t even realize I was persevering in prayer over the matter. I was just desperate for help.
I visited dermatologists and even a psychiatrist because of the emotional impact the condition had on me. I was 23 or 24 years old when I learned about a new procedure that could potentially correct my sweating problem. It was so new, that the doctors asked to record my procedure to teach other doctors how it should be done. When I first learned of the procedure, I sent a request to my insurance company, and they denied me, calling it a cosmetic procedure. I was crushed because I couldn’t afford to pay for it myself. I cried and prayed, and right before I thought I’d have to live with the condition forever, the insurance worker told me what to do to get the procedure approved. I had to appeal and prove that it was more serious than a cosmetic procedure. I had to be persistent.
The psychiatrist that I visited about the matter wrote on a letter on my behalf. I showed proof of several doctor visits, and prescription deodorants that I tried. Afterwards, the insurance company agreed to pay for the procedure. I eventually realized that God was working on my behalf all those years that I persevered in prayer. He knew exactly what I needed in order to get what I was asking for. If I had not been to several doctors over an extended period of time for the same specific matter– the procedure wouldn’t have been paid for by my insurance company. God was setting me up to receive my reward as I persistently prayed over the situation. He’s amazing all the time and He knows what He’s doing. No matter what we need, big or small — God is faithful if we persist in prayer.
Ephesians 6:18 Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.
The second thing I persevered in prayer over was fear. As a teenager, I became extremely afraid, especially at night. It took me many years to realize that it was wasteful worry. I hated to sleep alone. I begged my parents to let me sleep on the floor of their room. I wasn’t 5 or 6 years old. I was sleeping with my mother in my teens until I was probably 19. I remember that I would cry, and beg God for peace. Every night, I prayed for peace of mind. I didn’t even fully understand why I was scared. I prayed, and prayed every night consistently for peace for years. I wasn’t intentionally persevering in prayer — I was just afraid, and praying was the only thing I felt I could do. Even though I didn’t even understand the significance of persevering in prayer, He gave me His peace. He is faithful to us when we persevere in prayer. Fear does not, and will not paralyze me like it once did, in the name of Jesus.
Romans 12:12 Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.
The third thing that I prayed for is the praise of my heart. At first, I was unsure why He asked me to include this — because I recall only praying for this specific thing once. I traveled 5 hours to visit a church in Douglasville, Georgia called RainFire Church. The Pastor, Joann Rosario Condrey is a wonderful woman of God who has an anointing for teaching His word. All of her sermons are on youtube, and I know that anyone hungry for God’s word will be fed by watching them. When I visited the church, I asked God to help me worship unashamed — because my public worship was always reserved. Growing up, I never attended a church where people got openly raw in their praise and emotion towards God — and where the Holy Spirit directed the service. I told God that I didn’t want to miss out on experiencing His presence to the fullest, and I asked Him to help me worship Him unashamed. I was asking for help praising Him in my heart in front of others. The Holy Spirit revealed to me that it was my persistent seeking of God that allowed me to be led by Him to ask for that specific prayer. I prayed many times for a deeper relationship with God. He revealed to me that praise will bring forth my purpose. He gave me an entire message on the importance of praise. Because, I persistently sought Him, and prayed to be closer to Him — He led me to pray for what I needed to get what I was asking for: A Purposeful Praise. Now, I don’t have to solely be inside the church building to experience Him. He gave me so much more than I asked for. He’s always amazing.
1 Chronicles 16:11 Search for the LORD and for his strength; continually seek him.
Those are 3 things that I can personally attest to the power of perseverance of prayer. But the power of prayer is not just personal. It’s a universal effort that can be used to impact the nations.
Two days ago, Paris was struck with the deadliest attack since World War II. Restaurants, bars, and a concert hall were ambushed by gunmen. Bombs were set off outside a huge soccer stadium. 129 people were killed, and over 350 others injured. The terror group Isis is claiming responsibility for the attacks. French President Francois Hollande calls it an “act of war”. I read an article where one person living in Paris made this comment: “It’s like a warzone right now. This is very serious. We are living in fear.”
Luke 21:11 There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.
The Holy Spirit put upon my heart to give you an extended invitation to pray for those affected in Paris and abroad. But also, pray for the people responsible for the attacks. It’s easy to pray for the victims. But if a nation will persevere in prayer for the terrorists, we will give the Holy Spirit of God an invitation to do a mighty work in the face of evil. The unity of a nation’s prayers can make way for the spirit of God to perform miraculous works in the hearts of people who persecute Christians, and commit acts of terrorism against humanity. The apostle Paul is proof of God’s Holy Spirit transforming the heart of someone who persecuted many Christians. Pray without ceasing. Continually pray. Persistently pray for those countries. The mighty name of our Heavenly Father is a Powerhouse.
If God responds when 2 come together, how much more will he respond if a country unites in prayer?
Matthew 18:19-20 “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”
I live in the United States of America, where we have much to be thankful for. The very thing that happened in Paris could happen anywhere. The Holy Spirit revealed to me that the praise in our hearts will give God an offering of thanksgiving for the protection He’s given the United States.
Hebrews 13:15 Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise–the fruit of lips that openly profess his name.
Let us persistently praise our Heavenly Father for the protection He’s given us — and persevere in prayer for nations under attack, nations living in fear, and nations facing natural disaster.
Luke 21:11 Then he said to them: “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.
Think of all the recent natural disasters happening around the world. There have been dozens of major earthquakes, over a dozen great earthquakes (over magnitude 8) and prophesied events. Days ago, as the world witnessed the Paris terrorist attacks unfold, Japan was hit with a major earthquake. In April of this year a great earthquake killed 9,000 people in Nepal, and injured 23,000 others.
The great earthquake in Nepal triggered avalanches, and a major aftershock near China that collectively killed over 500 more people and injured 2,500. In the last 10 years, there have been 159 major earthquakes, and 16 great earthquakes across the world. If you don’t turn a blind eye, it’s obvious that things prophesied about in the word of God are coming to pass. We need God in more ways than most people realize. We must not assume that things will automatically be given if they aren’t asked for. The Holy Spirit wants us to have great hope in our Heavenly Father’s faithfulness to answer our prayers when we persevere. The marvelous wonders of God are made manifest through persistence of prayer.
Hebrews 4:16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
Give your heart to the God who can protect you, and praise Him for His mercies. The collective persistent prayers of a nation can make a difference in the way we receive God’s great favor. Favor does not mean “favorite”. God has enough favor to give everyone. We have to prepare ourselves to receive His favor. Make your hearts spotless before Him, and there is nothing He won’t give you.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
I pray that this blesses you.