I have been reading “The Circle Maker” by Mark Batterson, a wonderful book on prayer. Currently, I am reading the chapter called “Long and Boring.” Here a few of my highlighted passages from this chapter.
Posted on May 7, 2020 by Catey Stover in Victory Call
Today I need an extra measure of faith, don’t you? I read from Matthew 15 and I can relate to the Canaanite women who found Jesus and brought to Him her most urgent need. She comes with a request for her demon-possessed daughter to be healed. Verse 23 says, “But He answered her not a word.” I want to stop here because I know we all have an urgent need that has been presented to the Lord. I also believe we all have experienced God’s silence. Warren Wiersbe’s NT commentary explains that Jesus is not being cruel but that Jesus is building up the woman’s faith. I would venture that you and I don’t take times like these as faith-building exercises but rather get angry, give up or assume the silence means “no.” Simply, we are quick to lose faith.
“Praying through is long and boring, but it is the price you pay for miracles.”
“We live in a culture that overvalues fifteen minutes of fame and undervalues lifelong faithfulness. Maybe we have it backward. Just as our greatest successes often come on the heels of our greatest failures; our greatest answers often come on the heels of our longest and most boring prayers. But if you pray long and boring prayers, your life will be anything but boring. Your life will turn into the spiritual adventure it was destined to be. It won’t always get you where you want to go, but it will get you through.”
I love a little saying I saw awhile back – “I’d give up chocolate but I ain’t no quitter!” Today let’s not give up on our long and boring prayers. Let’s not be quitters. Let’s have the faith to know that the results of our persistent prayers are miracles!
Written by Kathy Withers: Kathy Withers is on staff at America’s Keswick and serves as Director of Partner Care. Kathy has been married to her husband Dave for 30 years. They have two adult children. Kathy is active in her local Church and teaches a Bible Study for women. Her passion is to encourage women to deepen their walk with Jesus Christ by finding and living out the truths of God’s Word.
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This Week’s Verse to Memorize: “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you” –Matthew 5:43-44
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