May 7

“He spoke a parable unto them… that men ought always to pray, and not to faint.” Luke 18:1

No temptation in the life of intercession is more common than this of failure to persevere. We begin to pray for a certain thing; we put up our petitions for a day, a week, a month; and then, receiving as yet no definite answer, straightway we faint, and cease altogether from prayer concerning it. This is a deadly fault. It is simply the snare of many beginnings with no completions. It is ruinous in all spheres of life. The man who forms the habit of beginning without finishing has simply formed the habit of failure. The man who begins to pray about a thing and does not pray it through to a successful issue of answer has formed the same habit in prayer. To faint is to fail; then defeat begets disheartenment, and unfaith in the reality of prayer, which is fatal to all success. (Streams in the Desert)

“Patience is more than endurance. A saint’s life is in the hands of God like a bow and arrow in the hands of an archer. God is aiming at something the saint cannot see, and He stretches and strains, and every now and again the saint says — “I cannot stand any more.” God does not heed, He goes on stretching till His purpose is in sight, then He lets fly. Trust yourself in God’s hands. For what have you need of patience just now? Maintain your relationship to Jesus Christ by the patience of faith. “Though He slay me, yet will I wait for Him.” (Oswald Chambers)

Faith is not emotional knee-jerk, but robust confidence established through the good of our days as well as the bad. “Faith is the heroic effort of your life, you fling yourself in reckless confidence on God” (Chambers). Endurance is not resignation to a pointless inevitability; although we may not now be able to connect the dots of our circumstances, we know the Father. He never disappoints. “Shipwreck occurs where there is not that mental poise which comes from being established on the eternal truth that God is holy love” (Chambers). Instead of hurling accusations the divine direction, pray to know Him despite disappointment or disillusionment.

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