READ : Luke 18:1-8
They should always pray and not give up. (v. 1 NIV)
I like what Stormie Omartian says in her book The Power of a Praying Parent, “When we pray for our children, we are asking God to make his presence a part of their lives and work powerfully in their behalf. That doesn't mean there will always be immediate responses. Sometimes it takes days, weeks, months, or even years. But our prayers are never lost or meaningless. If we are praying, something is happening whether we see it or not.”
Jesus told his disciples this parable to impress upon them this very truth. There is nothing more positive or more powerful we can do for our wandering children or friends than to pray for them. We don't have to say a word to them. We don't have to correct them. We don't have to put the pressure on them. We don't have to make anything happen in their lives. In our prayers, we ask God to make things happen—to bring people and circumstances into their lives—that will bring these loved ones to him in faith.
“The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective” (James 5:16 NIV). “Pray continually” (1 Thess. 5:17 NIV). Keep praying for your loved ones and friends, then watch and wait to see what God will do, in his time.
O Lord, hear my prayers. Listen to my cries for mercy!