PARABLE OF PERSISTENCE
[Persistence in Prayer]
I saw my sonís keys.
Teach them to pray.
Yesterday my son lost his keys in the house. We rarely
lose things in our home, because it is so organized.
(One of the reasons is because I canít stand looking for
things!) So we turned the house upside down for those
keys. All the while I kept saying, "Lord where are the
keys?" We went to bed and still no keys. I continued to
pray and asked the Lord if He would either tell me or
show me a vision of where they were. As a result, the
above is what I saw and heard! That was not exactly what
I had in mind, but the Lord wanted an object lesson
morning as our son was getting ready for school, not
only did he not find his keys, but he couldnít find his
watch either. He said he would be lost at school without
his watch and went to school in the mulli-grubs.
up feeling like I was fighting a bug or the flu, but it
was time to pick up the house. As I glanced at my table,
there was an old outdated tape recorder and some tapes
that did not belong on it. Because I felt so yucky, I
didnít want to put it all away, but neither did I want
to leave the mess on the table because it bothered me.
the recorder and put it on the kitchen counter. Then I
looked at it on the counter and said, "Thatís stupid to
clean the table and then clutter my counter!" So I
dragged myself into the next room closer to our storage
closet and dumped it on that table. I looked at that
table and said, "You are almost there, just put it
away!" I walked into the storage closet and dumped the
old recorder into the box with the old earphone
paraphernalia and recorder cords.
strange reason as I was doing it, I thought to myself,
"Wouldnít it be terrible to dump this in the box, never
looking inside the box, and all the time my sonís keys
are in there???" So even though I felt so weak and
sickly, I lifted the box down from the high shelf and
glanced at the contents. I saw no keys.
As I was
starting to put the box back, I thought, "What if his
keys are at the bottom of the box, and I stopped too
short?" So I lifted the earphones and cords and there
were the keys just waiting to be found! How they got
there I did not know. I was quite amazed that the Lord
has coaxed me one halting step at a time towards the
bottom of that box.
most definitely a story of persistence. I could have
stopped anywhere along the way, and every step was an
overcoming one, because I felt so weak and sick. It was
not an easy task, but in spite of myself, the Lord
answered my prayers and drew me the whole way. I
wondered how long it would have been if I had just
dumped the recorder in the box without looking. It could
have been months till we used that box again.
Wayne the story at lunch about finding the keys, and
that now our son had also lost his watch. We prayed
again. When he came home from school, he saw the keys
hanging from the kitchen counter knob, where we usually
paste little notes to him. He was grinning ear to ear
and thanking the Lord. When he entered his bedroom, the
Lord directed his eyes and they fell upon the crack
between his storage chest and bed. You guessed itÖ his
watch. As he came out a few minutes later, very happy,
Wayne related a very exciting story!!!
he came in and asked me where his measuring tape was. I
didnít know, and was feeling very wiped out and laying
down so he searched by himself. Evidently he went into
his shop a second time and said, "Lord the enemy is
stealing from us and this needs to stop right now!" As
soon as he said this, he looked down and saw the corner
of his measuring tape sticking out of a place he had
to Ponder are summaries of His quickened Words}
PONDER: PERSISTENCE RECOVERS ALL
ones, I know you are weary and frustrated with your
losses. I AM drawing you to get your focus off your
misery and begin to exercise through prayer, the rights
I have given you. It is time to learn how to recover
what has been stolen.
for help to restore your losses. I seek and find that
which is lost. Join Me! Be persistent in your faith
until you get your rewards. Do not stop short of your
goal, do not settle for less. Begin to put your foot
down and command that what the enemy has stolen be
ones, I know you are weary, hurting and discouraged. Let
go of the outdated tapes that repeat in your mind. Put
the past behind you and donít give up. Be persistent.
With one foot in front of the other, overcome one step
at a time. Keep going, you are almost there. As you
trust Me to answer your prayers, I will draw you along
the right path in spite of yourself. If you do not give
up, you shall recover all.
David and his men saw the ruins and realized what had
happened to their families, they wept until they could
weep no moreÖ.Then David asked the LORD, "Should I chase
them? Will I catch them?" And the LORD told him, "Yes,
go after them. You will surely recover everything that
was taken from you!"