Persistence in Prayer

Roby Ellis  |  Scripture Reading: Luke 11:9-10  |  August 24, 2014


A. With the parable of the unjust judge, Jesus taught His disciples that men “always out to pray and not lose heart” (Luke 18:1).

B. If we will remember the words of Jesus on this point and follow His example, we will be blessed beyond belief.           


I. Jesus never gave up.

A. He was persistent in His prayers in the garden (Matthew 26:44).

B. He never stopped praying for the disciples (Luke 22:31-32; John 17:9,15; 14:15-17).

C. Even now He never ceases making intercession for us (John 17:20-21; Hebrews 7:25).

II. We need to be patient and persistent in our prayers.

A. This is how Jesus taught His disciples to pray (Luke 11:1-10).

B. Patience is a blessing in itself that should never be underestimated (James 1:2-5).

C. When it seems as though God will never answer, remember that prayer takes time (Genesis 15; 1 Samuel 1; Psalm 13:1).

D. Sometimes a delayed response is exactly what we need (John 11:1-5; 12:19; Acts 9:8-11).


A. Whatever you might be praying for, don’t give up, because that blessing you are seeking might be just one more prayer away.

B. “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).

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