The Strong Prayer
“And it came to pass, that as he was come nigh unto Jericho, a certain blind man sat by the way side begging:”
Jesus taught in Luke 18:1, “…that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;” When you look at this whole chapter, Jesus used parables and life circumstances to show the importance of having a strong prayer life. The story of the blind man asking Jesus to heal him is a great illustration of a prayer life that doesn’t quit until it gets the answer. A strong prayer life is one that never quits until the answer is given. In this story of the blind man asking Jesus to heal him are several helps that will enable you to have a strong prayer life.
First, complaining to man never solves your problems. This blind man sat on the side of the street begging for money, and though man may have dropped a few coins in a basket, his condition never changed. You can complain to man about every problem you have, but that will never solve any of your problems. The only thing that man can do with your problems is to drop a few coins of sympathy your way, but the coins of sympathy have never solved one problem. The main reason most prayers are not answered is because most people pray to man and not to God.
Second, praying to Jesus is where every problem is solved. The blind man found the answer to his life’s problem when Jesus came his way. The answer to your problem is always going to be Jesus. Only He can solve the situation that you need changed, but you can only get them solved through prayer. Prayer is where you find the answers to every problem you face. Your problems will continue as long as you avoid taking them to God in prayer.
Third, persistent prayer is the key to great answers. What I love about this story is that the blind man didn’t stop praying for Jesus to heal him even though others tried to silence him. It was his persistence that got Jesus to stop and address his situation. You will never find great answers to prayer if you quickly faint when they don’t get answered. Persistence in prayer shows God how serious you are about your need. I believe Jesus heard this blind man the first time, but He wanted to see his seriousness by persistently praying when life’s voices told him it was of no use. Persistence and determination are the keys to getting prayers answered when the flesh says your prayers are futile. Whatever you do, never stop praying, even when everything inside of you screams that your persistence is futile.
Fourth, precise prayers get Divine answers. Jesus asked the blind man, “What wilt thou that I shall do unto thee?” This was the key to the blind man receiving his sight. When he was asked this question he answered, “Lord, that I may receive my sight.” One of the greatest keys to a strong prayer life is the preciseness in praying. You will never find answers to prayer when you pray in generalities; God answers precise prayers. Be clear and pointed in your prayers when you pray. Prayers of generalities show a passive heart; whereas, precise prayers show the fervency of the heart. The more fervent you are in your prayers, the more precise you will become which results in God’s full attention to give an answer.
Fifth, faith prayers always result in answered prayers. Jesus said to this blind man, “…thy faith hath saved thee.” The key to getting your prayers answered is to put no limits on what God can do, and never stop praying until you get the answer you need. Let your faith be the motivator to keep praying until God answers your prayer.