Molly gets ten out of ten for persistence.

I take Molly for a walk every afternoon… Well, let’s be honest. Most of the time she takes me for a walk… actually, we go “drag racing”! She drags, and I race! You see, she hasn’t yet learned who is the boss and who is the dog and who is supposed to be taking whom for a walk.

In the middle of a hot South African summer, she doesn’t understand that 3pm is far too early to walk. When she wants to go, she wants to go. There are so many new smells and sights and sounds out there that she can’t wait to start her new adventure.

She starts by jumping up and down next to my recliner to get my attention. When I acknowledge her and bend down to pick her up, she stays just out of reach so that I have to get out of my chair to grab her. That’s the signal to run out of the door and wait. “Are you coming?” she looks back at me.

When I remonstrate with her that it’s too early to go w-a-l-k-i-e-s (I dare not say the word in case I really set off the excitement), she carries out the same ritual until she finally gets the message that we are not going yet. In great disappointment, she lies in her bed or paces the small enclosure outside my front door until it’s time to go. Even if the wind is blowing a gale, she always wins!

Once again, Molly reminds me that persistence is a quality that God loves to honour. Not that we have to twist His arm or overcome His reluctance to answer us by continual nagging. Jesus insisted that our Father knows what we need before we ask Him.

Why, then, does God want us to pray persistently or even pray at all if He is far more aware of our needs than we are? I believe that there are at least three reasons, if not more, for God’s desire that we pray.

1. God wants us to have fellowship with Him. What if we never had to ask for anything? What if we never prayed? He uses our needs and struggles to get our attention so that we will come to Him as our heavenly Father to express our dependence on Him as His children.

2. God wants us to trust Him. Adam’s rebellion has left us, in our old sinful natures, with an inborn mistrust of God as our loving Father. Of course, our arch enemy, the devil, through all the influences of the world around us, stokes the fires of unbelief in our hearts.

Our journey of learning to trust Jesus is a lifetime journey, one day at a time, one need at a time. How spineless we would be if God gave us everything we wanted, everything we needed every time we asked! He gives us only what is good for us in HIS time. He is working to a far bigger timetable and a bigger plan than our little lives demand.

3. God wants us to glorify Him. When we come to Him with small, inconsequential need, we don’t realise that He wants to show us just how great He is. That’s really the most important reason for us to pray because, through His answers to our needs, big or small, we get to know Him, and knowing Him builds our faith, and our faith pleases Him (Heb. 11:6) and, in the end, it’s all about Him.

Now all glory to God, who is able, through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish more than we might ask or think. (Eph. 3:20).

So, let’s go “walkies” with Jesus. We never know what exciting adventures we may encounter on the way!




















Luella Campbell

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