The Persistent Prayer of Faith

It has been said by some that if you pray for something more than once, it shows your lack of faith. This has been promoted and embraced by many in the hyper-faith movement. This concept is completely unscriptural, and robs sincere believers of a tremendous effectiveness in life and ministry that God has otherwise provided to ultimately bring glory to Himself.

If you have believed the above mentioned error, this article will help you to launch the rebuilding of your faith and your practice of persistent prayer.

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“God is My Judge!”

A common defense of people who want to live according to their own earthly desires, when their behavior is challenged by another person, is “God is My Judge!”

It’s a simple twist of the scriptures that they either have been deceived into believing, or they just don’t care.

The word “Judge” is basically used in two ways, depending on its context: (1) Judge, as-in condemning with punishment and being completely rejected, and (2) Judge, as-in discern the moral value of a thought, attitude, or action with the intent of lovingly warning one’s own heart or another person in the hopes of avoiding sin and God’s final judgement.

The scriptures teach followers of Christ to “judge” (i.e. Discern) each others’ lifestyles, attitudes, and behaviors and to encourage one another to pursue holy living. (See Matthew 7, Luke 6, Romans 14, 1 Corinthians 6, etc.)

“… their earthly lives… for evil human desires… what pagans choose to do: living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry.

They are surprised that you do not join them in their reckless, wild living, and they heap abuse on you.

But they will have to give account to Him Who is ready to Judge the living and the dead.”

~ 1 Peter 4:2-5

When someone defends their pagan-ish lifestyle or single activity with a response of “God is my judge!” it is surprising that the very thought of facing the final judgement of God does not scare the hell-ish attitudes out of their hearts!

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