Devotional - Persistent Prayer
Posted by Peter Kennedy on Wednesday Feb 1, 2017
“For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding.” – Colossians 1:9
In 1996, Pastor Mark Batterson of National Community Church was walking by a dilapidated building near Union Station in Washington D.C. It was a crack house and it had been neglected for twenty-five years.
“I felt like God said, this would make a wonderful coffeehouse,” Mark remembered. So for the next six years, Mark and his church would regularly go out to the property and persistently prayed for it. They prayed also that God would provide the several million dollars it would take to purchase and renovate the property. In 2002, God answered those prayers. The church received the money and submitted a bid for the property. Miraculously they got the property even though four other potential buyers had outbid the church.
In 20026, after four years of planning and renovation, Ebenezers coffeehouse opened. It became a highly popular gathering spot and financially viable business. Ebenezers’ profits have helped fund more than 30 mission trips worldwide. The building is used for Saturday night church services and is the modern day “well” where people congregate and meet Jesus.
Don’t just pray once, be persistent in your prayers. Today in prayer, lift up to the Lord someone who needs your prayers.
“Pray often.” – John Bunyan
God’s Word: “I thank God, whom I serve, as my forefathers did, with a clear conscience, as night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers.” – 2 Timothy 1:3
By Peter Kennedy, Copyright 2017, Devotional E-Mail
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