Spotlight 5/2024: Praying with faith and persistence

In order to be successful, a prayer should meet certain requirements. District Apostle Michael Ehrich (Southern Germany) uses some Bible quotations to show how prayers can come to find hearing before God.

In Matthew 7: 7 we read: “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” In the German Luther translation, the caption over this verse states: “Confidence in prayer”. When we come before our heavenly Father in prayer, let us do so with confidence in God. He will never ignore a believing and trusting prayer.

In Luke 18:1 et seq. we read the parable of the unrighteous judge, who finally gives in to a certain widow because she keeps on coming to him and pestering to help her. Here the Lord makes it clear that it is important to pray with persistence. Naturally, we cannot make demands on God to do what we want, but we can always ask Him. And indeed, there are at times situations when we find ourselves asking God for something for weeks, months, or even years. At such times it is important to be persistent.

I wish you and all our brothers and sisters a year filled with God’s help and blessing, and also that you may experience many answered prayers.

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Michael Ehrich
District Apostle, motto, Prayer works!