We define persistence as a steadfast or obstinate commitment to a course of activity in the face of adversity or opposition.
And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; Luke 18:1
The principle of persistence in prayer
Prayer should be made with patience and perseverance Ps 40:1; 88:1 Also see: 1Ch 16:11; Ps 116:2
Jesus Christ taught his disciples to persist in prayer Lk 18:1-8 See also Lk 11:5-10
Persistence in prayer was exemplified in the early church Ac 1:14 Also see: Ac 2:42
Paul exhorted the churches to practice persistent prayer Eph 6:18 See also Ro 12:12; 1Th 5:17
Examples of persistence in prayer
Abraham pleads persistently for Sodom Ge 18:23-33
Jacob persists in wrestling with God Ge 32:24-32
Moses persists in interceding for Israel Dt 9:25-29 See also Ex 32:31-32
Hannah persistently asks for a son 1Sa 1:10-11
Elijah persists in prayer about the rain Jas 5:17-18 Also see: 1Ki 18:36-44
The psalmists persist in calling out to God Ps 88:1-18; 119:147-149; 130:1-6
Jesus Christ persisted in pursuing the Father’s will Lk 22:42-44 pp Mt 26:36-43 pp Mk 14:32-40
Persistence in prayer is exemplified in waiting for God
Mic 7:7 Also see: Ps 27:14; 33:20; 37:7; 38:15; 40:1; Isa 26:8
Father in heaven, I believe you raised Jesus from the dead.
Lord Jesus, thank you for dying on the cross for my sin. Please forgive me of all my sins. Come into my heart and life. I receive You as my Lord and Savior. Please, help me live for you and tell others about you for the rest of my life. Fill me with the Holy Spirit. In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.