One of my favorite films of all time is “The Shawshank Redemption”. It’s the story of a man who was falsely convicted of murder and who spends decades in prison.
Andy (the prisoner) is an intellectually curious person. He decides to write to the library system in his state for books for the prison. They decline. Andy, however doesn’t stop there. He writes and writes and writes and writes. Finally, after the pummeling of mail they receive from Andy, the Library system relents. They send him some books and music. When told that he succeeded by one of the guards, he looks up and says this is just the beginning! He continues his writing campaign until the prison has a full library!
This type of dogged perseverance is incredibly admirable. First of all, it is rare in our immediate gratification society to have someone who is so determined. Secondly, the rejections do nothing to affect the determination of this man.
I wish I was more like this in prayer. In fact, after the Lord’s prayer in Luke 11, Jesus says the following:
5Then He said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend, and goes to him at midnight and says to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves;
6for a friend of mine has come to me from a journey, and I have nothing to set before him’;
7and from inside he answers and says, ‘Do not bother me; the door has already been shut and my children and I are in bed; I cannot get up and give you anything.’
8“I tell you, even though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet (D)because of his persistence he will get up and give him as much as he needs.
9“So I say to you, (E)ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. (Bible Gateway)
In another translation, Persistence is translated as Impudence. I like that. May God give me impudence to keep praying for what I need despite the growing pile of “No’s”! Lord, make me a prayer Bulldog!! And then, in Your wisdom, say yes to the requests for our needs. Amen.