There is a desperate cry going up from my heart to heaven’s throne. It’s been growing more intense by the day, to the point where I feel about ready to burst. It’s the cry for answered prayer. I need to obtain.
I know what the Scriptures say: Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as you know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. — 1 Corinthians 15:58
Not in vain … not in vain … not in vain. I remind myself of that a lot. And I will be steadfast and unmovable, like Eleazar, one of David’s mighty men, who defended a field full of barley, standing firm, even in weariness, to the point where they had to pry his sword out of his hand when it was over — but he won. He won.
I remind myself constantly that Jesus said, in Luke 18:1, “Men ought always to pray, and not to faint.” He also asked, a few verses down from there, “When the Son of man comes, shall He find faith on the earth?” I’m determined, dwelling in the grace of God, that He will find faith in me.
I also focus on Elijah, who persevered through many a hardship to obtain. His answers finally came, and he is forever held up as an example to the rest of us: “Elijah was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain, and it did not rain on the earth for the space of three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit” (James 5:17, 18). So simply told in those few words, yet the reality involved great travail for Elijah. But “the effectual fervent prayer of [that righteous man] availed much” (James 5:16).
And then I remember Moses, who lay on his face before God for forty days and nights, without food or drink, interceding to avert the destruction of Israel — not once, but at least three times, besides the other times of intercession for them. And I realize I haven’t yet had to pray that deeply. And I haven’t sweat great drops of blood, as Jesus did.
So, I press on, the passion to obtain the desperately needed answers always burning inside. The job still needs to get done, and the answers still need to come, whether I feel like throwing in the towel or not. I won’t — and I will obtain.