Patience with others is Love, Patience with self is Hope, Patience with God is Faith.
- Adel Bestavros
Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.
- Luke 18:1 NIV
In his book, Praying Circles Around Our Kids, Mark Batterson talks about the importance of persistence in prayer. He is correct in saying that most of our prayers are marked ASAP. We want God to answer them as soon as possible.
However, we often find ourselves waiting on God’s answers. When they don’t come as quickly as we like we believe he is either uncaring or unable to help us. Sometimes we create our own detour around the problem, trying to work a solution out on our own. That is usually disastrous.
Mr. Battersons suggests that we change our prayer requests from ASAP to ALAT. ALAT Prayers are prayers that we are committed to offering up for as long as it takes!
I Thessalonians 5:17 tells us that we are to pray without ceasing. Our general interpretation of that is that we are to be in a constant state of prayer. I wonder if it also means to not cease praying for a particular need. In other words, praying for as long as it takes. When we wait on God to answer, we are exercising our faith in His Goodness.
There are certain requests that I have made to God for my family that I am impatient to have answered. I have been asking for them to be answered ASAP. I need to change that. From now on I think I’ll follow Jesus encouragement to “always pray and never give up.”