Persistent Faith

Persistent Faith

9 Going on from that place, he went into their synagogue, 10 and a man with a shriveled hand was there. Looking for a reason to bring charges against Jesus, they asked him, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?”

11 He said to them, “If any of you has a sheep and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will you not take hold of it and lift it out? 12 How much more valuable is a person than a sheep! Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.”

13 Then he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” So he stretched it out and it was completely restored, just as sound as the other. 14 But the Pharisees went out and plotted how they might kill Jesus. Matthew 12:9-14

The religious leaders were never shy about approaching Jesus and confronting Him on what offended them.

Unfortunately for them, they were dealing with the Son of the Living God. They would lose every battle they engaged with him in. When someone is consistently healing people and gaining favor with the people, you’d think that they would get it that they were in a no win situation. They came after relentlessly until He was finally hanging on a cross.

They were clearly no match for the Son of God.

No one is.

Even when others are discussing the faith with you, hopefully you’re planting seeds and the praying that the Holy Spirit would water them generously. Be not weary when those seeds don’t bloom overnight or even over the next month.

It has been said that when growing the Chinese bamboo tree, it does not break through the ground for the first 4 years. You don’t know if it’s growing so you have to rely on others who have said this will happen. You have to have faith to keep watering it throughout those four years.

Praying for people is also like this Chinese bamboo tree. You never know how God will work in this person’s life, but you have to trust that He will.

Think of the missionaries who have gone to foreign lands for twenty or thirty years or more without any apparent “fruit.” Someone comes in after them and reaps a vast harvest (often after the first missionary has passed away).

That’s the kind of persistent faith we need when praying for those who are not Believers.

No one is a match for the Son of God. 

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