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oes the Christian fold his arms and do nothing when afflicted?
The Lord also taught us to pray constantly and that we must keep praying until the answer comes (Luke 18:1).
And He illustrated this need with a story of a certain widow in one city who demanded justice for the harm done to her by a certain man. But the city judge was godless. With persistent appeal, the woman had her request granted.
The Lord concluded the story. "If even an evil judge can be worn down like that, don't you think that God will surely give justice to His people who plead with Him day and night? Yes He will answer them quickly" (Luke 18:6-8).
It is my strong believe that whatever difficulty any Christian may be passing through, he should continue to pray for deliverance from it.
If the Lord would pray for deliverance during His difficult moment, who is anyone to do otherwise?
Except one has an answer like Paul where he was specifically told: "My grace is sufficient for you: for my strength is made perfect in weakness" (2 Cor. 12:9), prayers must be made without ceasing until deliverance comes and one should resist getting weary with it.
One great weapon of Satan in order that we might lose the fight (concede defeat) is to make our spirit despondent, down cast, dejected and make us weary of praying. It is in this wise that James and Peter advised "Resist the devil and he will flee from you" (James 4:7; 1 Peter 5:9).
We must persist in our prayers (fight) over our afflictions as long as it lasts once we are not told: "My grace is sufficient for you".
Earlier, we have seen that Abraham must have waited for 60 years (approx) before he had the child of promise. His son, Isaac persisted for 20 years before he had the twins i.e. Esau and Jacob. Joseph waited for 13 years before he saw God's plan for him materialized. He was in great affliction in those years; from slavery to prison. Jacob (Israel) was in anguish for 22 years before he re-united with his son (Joseph), whom he loved most dearly, whose mother (Rachel), he worked 14 years, for her father (Laban), in order to have her as wife.
To be continued