Perseverance Must Finish Its Work

One of George Müller’s firm beliefs was in the simple admonition to confide in God with the trust of a child, and to wait on Him to answer. Miraculous responses to prayer came almost daily as Müller waited for God to answer in His time. Throughout his ninety-three years, eight months, and five days, Müller learned to trust. A favorite text from James 1:4 hung on his memory’s walls: “Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” Müller had asked God to increase his faith and to sustain his patience and God heard and answered. Indeed, he insisted at the very end of his life: “It is not enough to begin to pray, nor to pray aright; nor is it enough to continue for a time to pray; but we must patiently, believingly continue in prayer, until we obtain an answer; and further, we have not only to continue in prayer unto the end, but we have also to believe that God does hear us and will answer our prayers. Most frequently, we fail in not continuing in prayer until the blessing is obtained, and in not expecting the blessing.6 (emphasis added)

–Adapted from Giving Ourselves to Prayer: An Acts 6:4 Primer for Ministry (Chapter 24, An Historical Role Model of Personal Passion in Prayer by Karen O’Dell Bullock). Click on the title for more information about this resource.

Father, how often I have quit praying too soon thinking that I have done all that I needed to do.  Forgive me for my lack of faith, and for not pressing into Your heart for the answer that You would delight to give if I would truly expect You to answer.  Forgive me for the mechanical nature of prayers that are spoken out of duty rather than delight!  Help me to persevere by leaning into You, and to spend more time listening for Your voice.  I want to keep company with You, Lord, in all of my waking moments.

Prayer Points
Praise the Lord, “the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness” (Ex. 34:6). Thank God that you have been forgiven of all your sins because of Jesus’ work for you. Confess in detail your sins, asking for a greater awareness of sin in your life. Commit yourself to putting on “the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness” (Eph. 4:24). Ask “to be made new in the attitude of your [mind]” (Eph. 4:23).

Pray that no animosities or rivalries will be at home in your congregation, and that your congregation will experience peace and wholeness. Ask that you and your fellow Christians will prize the healthy relationships which you have with each other.

–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend.  Click on the title for more information on this resource.