Daily Devotional: Persevering in Prayer. (Romans 8:26-28)
A lack of perseverance is a common impediment to our prayer lives. Many Christians believe that once they have prayed for something, they should receive an immediate response. But God is not a bellhop who will give us what we want the moment we ask. Imagine if the Lord provided whatever we asked for instantly—we might not develop virtues like patience, trust, and dependence on Him.
The Lord always answers our prayers, though not always in the way we expect. Even if the answer is no, we can be confident that what He provides is superior to what we requested.
Consider the apostle Paul: despite his repeated requests for relief from his “thorn in the flesh,” he received something more spiritually beneficial. God not only shielded Paul from pride, but also used the apostle’s frailty to demonstrate divine power (2 Corinthians 12:7-10).
Because Paul’s prayer was not answered in the way he had hoped, you may be concerned about the requests you make to the Lord. The truth is that we don’t always know how to pray properly, but thankfully, we have a Helper in the Holy Spirit who intercedes for us in accordance with God’s will.
If we don’t get what we want, we can be confident that the Spirit knew exactly what to ask for on our behalf—and that what we got as a result was the best.
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