Don’t Give Up!
Someone told a story about a hiker who became tired along a steep and rugged path and decided that he would go no further. The other hikers urged him to go on, but he was certain it was not worth the bother. He would stay put till they returned. The hikers took pictures, had a bite to eat and began their descent. After a short wait, the lone hiker thought he heard voices. They sounded like some sort of celebration. Slowly, he crept toward the summit. Soon, he met the others happily making their descent. “So you all made it to the top?” he asked. “Yes we did” they told him. “You just had to walk about 10 more minutes”.
This reminds me of the account written in Luke 5:3-7. Jesus told Simon to let his net down. Simon, an experienced fisherman, protested that he had toiled all night an caught nothing. He let the net down anyway at God’s command. His decision to persevere resulted in a catch so great that he had to call other fishermen to relieve him of a portion of his blessing, then their nets began to break too!
I’m also reminded that God wants us to persevere in prayer. You might have prayed for 20 years and not received your blessing. What if God is saying cast your net one more time?
“Perseverance in prayer has been made a condition of receiving. We must pray always if we would grow in faith and experience. We are to be “instant in prayer,” to “continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving.” Romans 12:12; Colossians 4:2. Peter exhorts believers to be “sober, and watch unto prayer.” 1 Peter 4:7. Paul directs, “In everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” Philippians 4:6. “But ye, beloved,” says Jude, “praying in the Holy Ghost, keep yourselves in the love of God.” Jude 20, 21. Unceasing prayer is the unbroken union of the soul with God, so that life from God flows into our life; and from our life, purity and holiness flow back to God” (Steps to Christ 97.2).
Maybe you’ve been praying for your wife or husband, or even JUST A DATE!
Unite with God. Cast your net one more time.
Hold on. Don’t give up.