We have just posted a new sermon on the Keep Believing website:

When You Pray, Never Give Up

Here’s an excerpt: "Many prayers we pray shouldn’t be answered because they are so shallow. If God answered every prayer the first time we prayed, we would soon become complacent in our faith. Because God conditions his answers on our persistence, we realize how helpless we are and how totally dependent we are on him for everything.

What are you praying for right now?

A family member to come to Christ?
A loved one with cancer?
Victory over a stubborn habit?
Wisdom to make a big decision?
Guidance for the future?
A mate?
A prodigal son or daughter?
A marriage on the rocks?
A pastor for your church?
A deeper walk with God?
Growing love for others?
Deliverance from a critical spirit?
Grace to forgive those who have hurt you?
Hope for the future?
Money to pay your bills?
Relief from discouragement?
Physical healing?
A friend in deep need?
Courage to keep going?
Strength to make it through another day?
Boldness to share Christ?

Let me add one more thing to your list. Pray for persistence. Pray for gritty determination to hang on to the Lord until one of three things happens:

–God gives the answer.
–God changes the circumstances.
–God removes the burden altogether.

God is greatly glorified when we do not give up in prayer."

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