Back to the feet
" ... continuing steadfastly in prayer ..."
It never ceases to amaze me how the Lord works. While reading this passage this morning, I was meditating on this point: "Continuing steadfastly in prayer." Steadfastly. What exactly does that mean, I wondered?
Meanwhile, the phone rings."Private caller," the caller ID says. I think, That's interesting. Surely the idea of continuing steadfastly means to make it a priority and not let anything interrupt me from it. So I continued steadfastly letting the answering machine get the phone.
Then I looked up the word in my Zodhiates word dictionary: "steadfastly; to endure, to tarry, to remain, to persevere." The phone rings again--"private caller" comes up on the screen--and I think, Come on man, continue steadfastly, don't let it pull you out.
Then I remembered the passage about Mary and Martha and how Jesus told Martha in Luke 10:41-42, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her."
You're so busy (in the kitchen) Martha; Mary has chosen the better place (at My feet). I thought Yes, that's what I'll write in my blog--that the best place for us to be is at the feet of Jesus, continuing steadfastly in prayer (and it is, no doubt).
But then the "private caller" strikes again and, being more determined now, I stay strong. Let it go Dave, let it go, you're doing good, man; keep the focus.
I'm beginning to blog and the phone rings again. Same caller. Finally I'm thinking OK, OK, I can't stand it. You win, I'll answer it.
And you know what? That private caller was a brother who wouldn't give up--a brother with whom I just had the most wonderful time in prayer. It didn't start out that way; he doesn't know I was feeling a little impatient when I first answered. But as we prayed together the most amazing thing happened; The Lord fired a passage at me:
"Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart, saying: 'There was in a certain city a judge who did not fear God nor regard man. Now there was a widow in that city; and she came to him, saying,"Get justice for me from my adversary." And he would not for a while; but afterward he said within himself, "Though I do not fear God nor regard man, yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me."
'Then the Lord said, "Hear what the unjust judge said. And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?"'"
God sent me a real life example of persistence ... through a brother who wouldn't give up.
May we be those who are found continually at the feet of Jesus ... until we see mountains crumble.
Continue and keep on continuing (present tense) in steadfast prayer.