“God does not always let us get things at our first effort. -R. A. Torrey”
I have read this book by Watchman Nee where he talked about how to pray and showing us that there are times we need to pray some prayers three times. There he cited where Paul and Jesus prayed three times to God, at their different level of petition to God. Jesus Himself showed us this on how to pray without ceasing by giving us an occasion of a woman who went to a judge.
Luke 18:1 And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;
18:2 Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man:
18:3 And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary.
18:4 And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man;
18:5 YET BECAUSE THIS WIDOW TROUBLETH ME, I WILL AVENGE HER, LEST BY HER CONTINUAL COMING SHE WEARY ME.
She understands that she has no one to fight her case, the only person that could fight for her was that judge and then she kept on coming. She turned to who could fight for her. It gets to a point that as the judge sees her from afar he knows that the woman is coming for her request again. In fact am sure that he would have tagged her by her request. She never held back from her request, she kept on coming since she has no hope anywhere. She has no one to run to. She has no other option but the judge. Then Jesus made it clear to us that the judge is even an unrighteous judge.
18:6 And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith.
18:7 And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?
18:8 I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, SHALL HE FIND FAITH ON THE EARTH?
Jesus plainly told us here that He will avenge for us, He will grant our request if only we will become importunate about our request even though He bears with us long. He gave a concept here about our prayers that are yet to be answered that if we keep coming like this woman and we become importunate with our request. He said, like the judge will answer the woman speedily, so will He also answer us. We must understand something from Jesus last statement here that this act is not a act of unbelief but of faith. Therefore He said, if h comes will He find faith on the earth? That means this kind of faith.
Let me end on this note. R. A. Torrey said something about George Muller, he said “George Muller prayed for two men daily for upwards of sixty years. One of these men was converted shortly before his death, I think at the last service that George Muller held, the other was converted within a year after his death.” Then R. A. Torrey said “One of the great needs of the present day is men and women who will not only start out to pray for things, but pray on and on and on until they obtain that which they seek from the Lord.”
In the next series we see how this is truly called a act of faith and not doubt.