Prayer: the Evidence of Patient, Persistent Love

One of the goals of Believers in Yahushua Messiah [the Hebrew name for Jesus Christ] is to show Biblical love to others.

But showing Biblical love to others can be difficult at times because some do not understand the expression of Biblical love.

Love is like a jewel because it has many facets. One of the facets of love is patience.

In 1Corinthians 13 [The “Love Chapter” of the Bible] we are told:

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; love is not arrogant. Love does not behave unbecomingly, does not seek her own, is not easily provoked, thinks no evil. Love does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices in the truth. Love bears (quietly covers) all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. ” (1Corinthians 13:4-8a).

This description of love is a description of our heavenly Father. It is a description of Biblical love!

For us to truly love someone is to behave with this kind of love; and most especially with patience. Patience is the first and essential facet, the first distinctive feature, of love.

Patient Biblical love is to wait – wait with an expectation for God’s goodness.

When we show patient, Biblical love, we wait and we endure to the end (Mark 13:13).

Patience waits.

Patience waits by continuing to persistently plant another seed of Biblical love each day.

A farmer waits as the seeds lie buried under the soil. The seeds are unseen and seem as though dead.

Behold, the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient over it, until it receives the early and late rain. (James 5:7b)

The farmer waits silently for the precious fruit of the earth. Every seed he plants is hidden and buried. But the farmer’s eyes are focused on the unseen realm. He looks not at the bare soil where the seed was just planted. His eyes are looking toward the harvest.

So also, LOVE patiently waits with expectation for fruitfulness. This is the way it is with you and me. Every day, we plant a ‘love seed’ of God’s Word, trusting it will take root and prosper (Isaiah 55:11).

Every day, we plant a ‘love seed’ of hidden, patient, and persistent prayer . . .

— a prayer for more understanding,
— a prayer for healing,
— a prayer for the return of a wayward child,
— a prayer for a change of heart – a change in others, or a change in ourselves.

Regardless of the trials, the agony, or the rejection, we continue our loving, hidden, often silent patience. Many times our patience includes enduring opposition and rejection! But that is the way of Biblical love: we do not seek our own agenda, we are not easily provoked. We persist in keeping our eyes focused on Yahushua [Jesus], the Author and Finisher of our faith, Who . . .

. . . for the joy that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising the shame, and sat down at the right of the throne of God. For consider Him who endured such contradiction (opposition/hostility) of sinners against Himself, lest you be weary and faint in your minds (lose heart) (Hebrews 12:2-3).

Just as King David, we wait patiently:

“For God alone my soul waits in silence; from Him comes my salvation!” (Psalms 62:1)

It takes patience and persistence to remember that God’s timing is not our timing (Isaiah 55:8-9).

It takes patience and persistence to remember that Yahuwah Elohim [the Hebrew name for the LORD God] wants us to focus on the unseen, eternal realm of His Kingdom (2Corinthians 4:17-18).

It takes patience and persistence to remember that our heavenly Father will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him – those who look to Him, expectantly hoping in His mercy (Psalms 145:19 and Psalms 147:11).

It takes patience to remember to BE patient:

Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. For you have need of patience . . . (Hebrews 10:35-36a).

The Holy Spirit often reminds me that I have need of patience!

This “Fruit of the Spirit” — patience — is so essential:

•  It is through patience that we bring forth good fruit (Luke 8:15).

•  It is through faith and patience that we inherit the promises of God. (Hebrews 6:12)

•  It is through patience that we can run the course that Father sets before us. (Hebrews 12:1)

•  It is through the comfort of the Scriptures and patience that we obtain hope. (Romans 15:4)

•  It is through patience that we can become mature and complete, lacking nothing. (James 1:4)

•  It is through patience that we learn to keep Yahuwah’s commandments and the faith of Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ]. (Revelation 14:12)

•  It is through patience that we learn to possess our souls. That is, we patiently learn to keep ourselves disciplined, sober-minded, and responsible, maintaining our fear of God with vigilance. (Luke 21:19)

Spiritually Handicapped

Have we yet realized the importance of having patience??

Without patience, we would be spiritually handicapped!

Without patience, the promises and rewards that Father has for His children would not be obtained!

We need great patience, endurance, and persistence to diligently seek Father, so that He CAN reward us!

We need great patience, endurance, and persistence to read and study the Scriptures for ourselves, so that we can grasp the immense goodness of our heavenly Father and the hope of eternal life.

We need great patience, endurance, and persistence to wait on Father’s timing for His answers.

Consider this: it takes great patience for a mother to wait for, and endure, the birth of her baby.

So it is with our prayers!

We need great patience to pray persistently, crying out day and night unto Yahuwah, so that we can eventually receive ‘the baby’ — receive ‘the answer’ to our pleas (See: Luke 18:1-8 and Matthew 7:7-11).

Our crying out for answers waters our heart with more patience. We cry and groan with sounds unclear and mysterious.

Our tearful anguish works more loving, patient waiting within us out of necessity.

With our own strength, we cannot succeed! We need Father’s strength to hold us tightly, helping us to maintain our persistence, keeping us near Him, and reminding us of His loving care (See Psalms 139)!

“No man can do a great and enduring work for God who is not a man of prayer, and no man can be a man of prayer who does not give much time to praying.” — E. M. Bounds

Another Day

Another day brings us once again to the patience of waiting.

Another day comes for Father’s mercies to be renewed and His hope restored! (Lamentations 3:22-25 and Psalms 143:8; see also Psalms 30:5).

And so, we wait. Why?? Because we love!!

Love can wait, wait a long time, wait until the end. Love never becomes impatient; it never wants to hurry things up and force them. It deals with long periods of time. Waiting, having patience, continuing to love and be kind, even where it seems entirely to miss the mark — this alone wins people over; this alone breaks the bond that chains every person…. Kindness often seems so completely inappropriate, but love is patient and kind. It waits….” — Dietrich Bonhoeffer

We wait with patience and endurance and persistence because this is how we show Biblical love.

We continue to look to Yah every day, waiting and trusting Him for answers (Micah 7:7). Why? Because love endures! Love hopes!

Love perseveres, persists, and waitsto the end, to the promised harvest.

We persistently plant our ‘prayer seeds’ – though hidden and often tearful, yet precious in Father’s sight:

They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goes forth and weeps, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him! (Psalms 126:5-6)

God is love!

His love is patient! Our enduring, patient, persistent prayers are the expression of HIS love.

Thank you Father, for Your lovingkindness to hold me close to You. Help me to endure patiently, to wait with expectation for Your goodness, and to not give up my prayers nor my commitment to honour You in all I do. In Yahushua Messiah’s name I pray. Amen.

  • For a modern-day example of loving, patient, persistent prayer,
    I recommend reading the life story of Rees Howells, Intercessor by Norman Grubb.

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