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PRAYER, HOLY SPIRIT, WISDOM, AND
PERSISTENCE TRUMP HUMAN MIGHT – Ray E Horton
Vacuum sealed jars are often hard to open. At a home meeting a couple of years ago, three people stronger than I am tried to open a jar lid unsuccessfully.
I prayed then tried
Sometimes, even when we pray, we don’t see immediate results. But be persistent and don’t give up until breakthrough comes, no matter how long it takes
I asked to try. With the jar in hand I prayed for wisdom, prayed for a moment in the spirit, then gave it a try. I tapped around the lid with the handle of a knife to no avail. I then applied force with my two hands, not nearly as much as the others had used, I’m sure! But I just kept a steady persistent pressure on it until it popped open.
There is a lesson for life here. We can try to do things and be unsuccessful in our own strength. Sometimes, even when we pray, we don’t see immediate results. But as we trust God’s wisdom within us, if we will be persistent, and don’t give up until we have breakthrough, we will experience success. Of course, we must pray according to God’s will, but clearly it was His will for the jar to be opened that evening.
Don’t grow weary and give up
- “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7).
- “…Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the Lord of Hosts” (Zechariah 4:6).
- “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him” (James 1:5).
- “And let us not grow weary in doing good, for in due season we shall reap, if we do not give up” (Galatians 6:9).