Today I was reading via BiOY (bible in one year reading plan). For an unsolicited advertisement I’ll highly recommend this reading plan. Download the app to your phone or tablet or you can read this plan through YouVersion as well. Some of this content came from the devotional portion of todays reading.
We sometimes have to wait a long time for the Lord to act and answer our prayers. ‘The Ark remained in Kiriath-jearim for a long time—twenty years in all. During that time all Israel mourned because it seemed the Lord had abandoned them.1 Samuel 7:2’. I’d be lying if I said I’ve never felt like the Lord had abandoned me. But notice even in this verse is says “it seemed the Lord had abandoned them.” Sometimes it seems like the Lord isn’t there or it seems like your prayers are worthless. Or it seems like the Lord is silent. Some times I’ve felt like I prayed for a long time, but they prayed for twenty years for their country before God acted. That is some persevering prayer.
Finally, it was Samuel’s intercession and persistence in prayer for twenty years that brought the people of God victory. Samuel said, ‘I will pray to the Lord for you’ 1 Samuel 7:5. 1 Samuel 7:8, They said do not stop praying to the Lord for us… 1 Samuel 7:9 says Samuel persevered in prayer to the Lord on Israel’s behalf, and the Lord answered him’.
I’m so encouraged by this to persevere in prayer. Even if it feels like the Lord has abandoned me or if the Lord seems silent. Keep praying. Keep pleading to the Lord. What if it takes 20 years? … I think most of us would say, “Lord, could you work a little faster…?”. His ways are not our ways (Isaiah 55:8). In those times when the Lord “seems silent”, persevere, be persistent, be disciplined, trust his ways.