DELIVERANCE AND HEALING
By PBS Ministries
A story was told about a woman who applied to a US Embassy for a Visitor’s Visa but was denied it on the grounds of not having enough ties to her country. At the end of her interview, she was told to try again. So the lady tried again another year, only to be told the same thing, that the visa was denied and that she should try again. Of course, the woman tried again and again and was told the same thing on about two other occasions. She said every time she is told to try again, she will try again. Eventually, on another occasion when she tried again, she was successful at last. There is a saying that patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.
Jesus tells the parable of the persistent widow in the Gospel of Luke 18:1-6: “Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. 2 He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. 3 And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’
4 “For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, 5 yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’”
6 And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. 7 And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? 8 I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”
We have been commanded to pray without ceasing, we have also been commanded to ask, and it shall be given unto us, seek and we shall find, knock and the door will be opened to us. Many people lose hope in trying over and over again. When we come before God, He wants us to be persistent and to persevere. Our prayers might be answered after the first time we prayed, but in other cases, it will take continual prayer to make a breakthrough. On one occasion, I prayed every day for five weeks before a breakthrough came in the lives of a couple I was praying for.
This widow was consistent, she never gave up. She believed that by trying and trying, she will succeed at last and she did. Despite how hard our circumstances may be, despite how big our mountain may seem, we must keep the faith and believe that God will turn our situation around. Daniel was a man of prayer, he prayed three times a day, every day to God. When he was placed in the Lion’s den, God did not forget him. God shut the lion’s mouth and they did not harm him. Before the Holy Spirit came at Pentecost, Acts Chapter 1 tells us that the disciples all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus and with his brothers.
The Bible says we are a blessed people when we remain steadfast in the Lord during our trials. For when we would have stood the test, we would receive the crown of life that God has in store for us. As we seek the Lord continually and as we endure, we will also reign with Him eternally.
Let us not believe the lies of the devil that we will not be able to make it. He is the father of all lies, that is his job. Let us not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of our mind. When we face our struggles, we must not cave in, we must not give up and we must not quit. Rather, let us persevere to the end and fight the good fight of faith. We must be like the persistent widow, we must be like Daniel and we must be like Jesus’s disciples that prayed continually. As we continue to trust God, He will make every crooked path straight and He will deliver us from all of our troubles. Amen