Who relishes being nagged? Not me. No way, Jose! Get off my back! Unfortunately, when it comes to hounding, I’m as guilty as the next. Sadly, getting on someone’s case only raises resistance. Counter-productive, at best.
What about prayer? Should we say our peace once and leave it at that? Sometimes. But many requests I’ve made of the Lord are said over-and-over again. From my heart to His. Similar to the Apostle Paul urging believers to ‘…pray continually…’ (1 Thessalonians 5:17)?
Some of my prayers I’ve been making for years. Obviously, not answered in the way I’d hoped. Oh well, I keep at it, still believing that God’s answer is on the way. Just around the bend. Not far off.
Feeling guilty about bugging God? Then read something encouraging from Isaiah 62: 6-7–‘I have posted watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem; they will never be silent day or night. You who call on the Lord, give yourselves no rest, and give him no rest till he establishes Jerusalem and makes her the praise of the earth.’ See what I mean?
Like watchmen, who never cease trumpeting warnings when dangers lurk nearby, don’t stop asking. ‘Give Him no rest’. Go for it. Let it all out as often as you want. Allow your thoughts to wander wherever they take you in prayer.
Need not be formal. Be yourself. After all, you’re praying to the Lord who loves to hear from His children. Give Him no downtime. Can’t tire Him out!
By the way, Isaiah wrote those words over 2700 years ago. And still Jerusalem is not the ‘…praise of all the earth’. Not yet, anyway. It will. He promises. When He gives us His Word, He keeps it. In His time.
Persist in praying. ‘Give Him no rest’. That’s His Word. Not mine.
Thank you, Lord, for always hearing us. Amen.