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Luke 18:1
“And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that man ought always to pray, and not to faint.”

In this parable of the unjust judge the widow woman was persistent in having the judge avenge her of her adversary.  It didn’t matter how many times this judge said no she kept coming until she heard him say what she wanted to hear.  The bottom line is she didn’t give up.

Being persistent in prayer is not praying for the same thing over and over again.  That would mean that you didn’t believe you received when you prayed.  Mark 11:24 says, “therefore I say unto you, what things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them and ye shall have them.”  Being persistent in prayer means you don’t allow any distractions that the enemy may bring to cause you to give up.  You see, while you are praying the devil may bring a thousand thoughts to your mind.  Thoughts like God’s not going to do it; and you might as well give up or your situation is beyond God’s ability to fix.  He’s trying to make you think your prayers are not being effective.  And if you think your prayers are not being effective you will give up praying.  However, that’s not the time to give up that’s the time to be persistent keep praying in the spirit until there is a release in your spirit about your situation.

James 1:16 says “…the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” Again this doesn’t mean that we keep praying over and over again about the same thing nor does it mean our prayers need to be filled with emotion or that we need to pray for long periods of time.  It simply means prayer that is filled with faith availeth much.  Our faith is our passion in prayer.  We are passionate about what we believe and it is that faith that causes us to be persistent in prayer.  And what we believe is what Jesus said in John 14:14 “if ye shall ask any thing in my name , I will do it.”