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Persistent Prayer

Most Christians are quickly stirred to guilt whenever the topic of prayer is raised. We all know we need to pray more often. And so we should. But as we increase our time in prayer, let us also remember to apply the words of Christ when he told us that we “ought always to pray and not lose heart” (Lk.18:1). As Jesus goes on to explain in his parable of what I like to call, “the tenacious widow,” this is not an exhortation to simply log more hours in prayer per week. This is a command from Christ to persist in praying for the specific request we know is good and right.

It is unfortunate how quickly we abandon a particular prayer concern because God does not immediately respond. This parable certainly grants us permission to pray so tenaciously and persistently, that if we were on the receiving end of the petition, we’d feel like we were being pestered, bothered, or in Christ’s words, “beaten down by the continual” request (v.5). In this regard, our everyday polite manners don’t serve as a reliable guide for our praying.

Usually it takes only a few “asks” for a particular thing, for us to back down and settle for a “no.” But that should not be the case in our prayer life. God tells us to ask and keep asking. He calls us to knock and keep knocking. As long as we know our request is right and good, he orders us to “always pray and not lose heart.”

-- Pastor Mike


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Focal Point is the Bible teaching ministry of author and pastor Mike Fabarez. Focal Point delivers relevant and accurate Bible exposition on its daily radio broadcast and is dedicated to clearly explaining the truth of God’s Word.

About Pastor Mike Fabarez

Mike Fabarez is the founding pastor of Compass Bible Church in South Orange County, California and has been in pastoral ministry for more than 25 years. He is committed to clearly communicating God’s word verse-by-verse and encourages his listeners to apply what they have learned to their daily lives.

Pastor Mike is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute, Talbot School of Theology (M.A.) and Westminster Theological Seminary in California (D.Min.).

Mike is heard on hundreds of radio programs across the country on the Focal Point radio program and has authored several books, including Raising Men Not Boys, Lifelines for Tough Times, Preaching That Changes Lives, Getting It Right, Praying for Sunday, and Why the Bible?

Mike and his wife, Carlynn, reside in Laguna Hills, California and they have three children, Matthew, John and Stephanie.

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