There is a real need to PRAY if you do not want to faint when challenge comes, this is what Jesus taught us to do in Luke 18:1. Whenever it seems things are not working or we do not see what we want to see, it is a clear sign that we need to pray.
And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;
Luke 18:1 (King James Version)
The reason we need to pray is simple, we live in a world controlled by spiritual forces and in order to make any serious headway in this world, you must align yourself with a spiritual force.
Jesus told his disciples a parable about their need to pray all the time and never give up.
Luke 18: 1 (International Standard Version)
You do not really just want to fold your arms and do nothing, this is why I believe Jesus had to teach his disciples on the need for them to pray, continuously pray until something happens!
Taking a clue from Elijah (1 Kings 18: 41 – 46)
Elijah knew the rain was about to return, yet after praying for it once, he did not stop and move on. He stayed put and kept praying for 6 more times until he saw the rain, he did not bulge!
This teaches me also to pray and pray and keep praying until something changes and I have physical evidence! I cannot continue to pretend all is well, when it is really not!
One reason people fail to pray often is because we think praying wastes time, time better spent thinking or debugging or watching a movie. Yet it is the exact opposite.
Prayer does not waste time, it saves time!
After Elijah’s 7 rounds of prayer, he still arrived at the destination ahead of his well funded opponent!
Here is the JMNT version of that same scripture:
Now He went on [and] told them a parable (an illustration cast alongside) with a view facing the [circumstances for] them, [that] it is of necessity at all times to be constantly thinking, speaking and active with an aim toward goodness, ease and well-being (or: keep praying), and not to give in to the bad or worthless [situation or conditions] (or: to dwell within an ugly mood or a disposition of poor quality; or: to respond badly in [something])
Luke 18:1 (Jonathan Mitchell New Testament Translation)
Take time out to pray today!
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