Being Persistent With God
Does it ever seem like just when you start to pray for a situation to change, it gets worse before it get better? What do we do when this happens? I can be the first to admit that there have been times when I just gave up and stopped praying for the desired change. This is not the way to handle it. The enemy is persistent. So, when we take a stand and pick up our spiritual swords, he gets in place for the fight. Of course, he always loses, but, he doesn’t want to go down without a fight. I believe that God wants to test our faith when this happens. Have you ever noticed that whenever Jesus got ready to heal someone, He often asked the recipient if they believed He could make them well? If He didn’t ask, He took notice of their faith. There are many places in the Bible when we see the words “When He saw their faith…” or “Your faith has made you…” Thus making it evident that faith was noticed.
Mark 2:1-12 is a wonderful illustration of being persistent with God. Jesus was at a house and there were a lot of people present. There was a paralytic that was being carried by four people. Verse 4 says “Being unable to get to Him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above Him; and when they had dug an opening, they let down the pallet on which the paralytic was lying.” Imaging the effort it had to take for these four people to not only get on top of the roof and break it open, but to carry their friend on top and lower him down inside the house. These are not little children we are talking about. These people are grown, so we know it was not a light task.
The fact that these four people were persistent enough to go and open the roof shows us something else. In a post I wrote about a month ago called “Birds of a Feather”, I talked about getting around people with the same beliefs as you. The paralytic could not have gotten to where he was had he been hanging out with quitters. When the situation seemed difficult, he was surrounded with people that had the same amount of faith as he did. Thus, giving him the opportunity to receive the healing that was needed.
Fact that the house had filled up so that the paralytic couldn’t get in illustrates how the enemy tries to throw a road block in our path when we are believing God for a miracle. Anything he thinks he can do to stop us from getting what God has for us, he’ll do it. In verse 7, there were pharisees that reasoned in their hearts about the ability and authority Jesus had to forgive sins. It says, “Why does this man speak that way? He is blaspheming; who can forgive sins but God alone?” To me, this also represents the enemy’s attempts to discourage us when we are praying for something to happen. He will try things like ask us “why do we think God will hear us?” We have to block out the lies and tell him to “get thee behind us” (Luke 4:8).