Why give up too soon? There is power in persistent prayer

There are times when we are burdened down with cares, worries, fears and troubles of this life. We have all been there, and in the physical everything will look impossible, and it is during this time that we give up, and the enemy shows up to confirm the failure. This is what the enemy wants from us, to say it with our own mouth that God has failed us despite our prayers. prayer

If you remember, that time when Jesus Christ was taken to the wilderness in Spirit to be tested by the devil, the devil misquoted scriptures from the bible which means that the devil knows the Word very well and to his own advantage subtly changes it to make it to say something it originally did not say; as well. The enemy knows our weakness, that if we are pressed on too hard, we will give up too soon.

I just want to talk about Hanna’s prayer. Samuel 1:7; says that; “year by year, when she went up to the House of the Lord, she wept and did not eat.” Year by year means that it went on for many years and her adversary, Peninnah also provoked her sore to make her fret because the Lord had shut up her womb. It is the same even now with us during our down times.

Many Peninnas will show up, just to intimidate us, and in fact they are the main reason why children of God tend to give up when they are not supposed to. As Christians, we need to be careful on this because the Peninnas are in most cases the closest people to us. They will not come from somewhere else, but those who are so dear and close to us are the ones the enemy like to use because the enemy knows that they are the ones we will listen to easily.

Samuel 1: 9-10 tells us that; “Hannah rose up after they had eaten in Shiroh, and after they had drunk. She was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the Lord, and wept sore.” This is in fact the type of prayer that the Lord always hears and answer if done in perfectly will. It is most of the time very hard to pray this kind of prayer because our focus is too much drawn to the situation at hand. If Hannah, had chosen to listen to what the enemy was saying, then she would have given up and say that I have prayed for many years but nothing has happened. It is her persistent prayer that made God move and give her a child, whom he named Samuel who was dedicated to the House of the Lord.

Another moving story in the Bible is about Job. God actually gave permission to satan to test Job because God knew how perfect, an upright man, one who feared God, and eschewed evil Job was. When the temptations came, we see his wife asking Job to curse God and die. This was the closest person in Job’s life that the enemy chose to use to bring defeat to Job. Job was quick to learn that the advice of the wife was ungodly and rebuked her. Mathew 10:16 says that; “…Be you therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves”. A serpent is wise, with keen eyesight and is quick to learn.

A dove is innocent, meek and gentle. We should be clever to know quickly the skims of the enemy on our lives and take Godly measures so that we are not defeated. Job knew His God and refused to hear the false voices, but chose to believe in His God and that is why he was rewarded after being tested.

“And there was in a city a judge which feared not God , neither regarded man and a widow that kept on asking him to avenge of her adversary” Luke:18:2-3. Because of the widow’s persistent, the ungodly judge said that though I do not fear God nor regard man, but because this widow troubles me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me. This means every time he looked up, she was there, and he decided to just give her that which her heart desired. If such an ungodly judge, was in the end able to listen to the petition of the supplicant, of whom he cares nothing, will not God surely listen to the prayer of someone whom he loves with a deep, enduring love?

A persistent Prayer is the only tool that we have as God’s children. Refuse to listen to the voice of the enemy but chose to listen to the voice of truth. Take prayer as an opportunity to be in touch with our Heavenly Father any time the need arises. In the process God will build, comfort, and make us strong soldiers of His army. “Pray without Ceasing”. Thessalonians 5:17.

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32 thoughts on “Why give up too soon? There is power in persistent prayer”

  1. Bonya says:

    This is so touching, amazing, wonderful. Thank you jesus, Bless the author

  2. Jacqueline Mbumpha says:

    The column really soothed my soul and am not the same. May the good Lord bless our dear writer.

  3. davie says:

    awesome article, full of hope and strength giving.

  4. Dowa Beast says:

    I salute the author of this artcle
    Fantastic, interesting and educative r ur best names to call u
    Am sure u passed thru the corridors of a certain Major Serminary xool “yes” kip it up

  5. Pinango says:

    So touching. God is always with us in good and bad times.

  6. kawonga says:

    Good and so touching article used to soothe the soul of those oppressed .keep it on

  7. Pumbwa says:

    Amen, this is so far the best article I’ve read on nyasatimes. God blesa you

  8. mboma says:

    married for 6 yrs no child, and i have low sperm count, and i gave up if ever i will have a child, yet GOD blessed me with everything, good job, beautiful wife, life is funny indeed, may be based on this article, i can still raise my hope again!!!

    1. I Have Been Blessed With The Teaching,it Has Touched My Heart

  9. One of the best columns, may God continue providing more wisdom to the writer and should continue sharing.

  10. Funzo says:

    There is no statistical evidence that those who believe and pray, in any religion, are cared for or whatever by God any more than those who do not pray. Take any tragedy and those who suffer can be equally believers and non-believers. The ‘good’ are no less likely to suffer than the sinners.

  11. Truth says:

    What awesome message, Amen n Amen. God bless u my bro

  12. John S.M. Kwenda says:


  13. james makawa says:

    may God be glorified

  14. TrueFactor says:

    May God bless you Cindy for this inspiring article; for sharing these informative and uplifting words. The Word of God is power!

    I wish we could have many of this kind of articles on Nyasatimes- not just these other unceremonious news.

    Prayer is the best armour against all trials. And, as you rightly said, persistent prayer is what we need in this tarbulant and up-side-down world.

    Bring more sister!

    Well written (great grammatical skills), well said; God bless you!

  15. JAH MAN says:

    AMEN !

  16. Xenophobic Republic of South Africa (xRSA) says:

    A very good message but the writer’s name Khumalo sounds south African, which erodes my interest.

  17. Connie says:

    Amen Cindy.

  18. mercy says:

    (2 Corinthians 4:16-18 ) This is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, but our spirits are being renewed everyday ( this is like investing in our future joy, the same way we invest money in the bank for future use). For our present troubles are quite small and wont last forever (they are small because they also come from the smallest source- the evil one), and through endurance, patience and trust in the most powerful and mighty God our living redeemer our present troubles will produce for us an immeasurably great glory that will last forever.This is why we do not look at the trouble we can see right now as permanent, we do not have to give up, rather we need to look forward to what we have not yet seen. For the trouble we see now will soon be over. but the joys to come will last forever. Amen “ana a MULUNGU”

  19. chichi says:


  20. Figo says:

    Amen, I like it. And it gives me hope that God will answer my prayers

  21. vitumbiko mwakipuyi says:

    Thank you so much Cindy for this encouraging message.persistent prayer is always the solution and God answers our prayers,only if we believe,because if we doubt,it’s not gonna happen. If only we were the Giants of faith like Abraham, Job, Jacob, even Jesus himself..this world would’ve been a better place to live in.

  22. fomboni al hilal says:

    So encouraging God bless

  23. sukani says:

    Thus good message of gives courages.keep it up

  24. its never soon and never late in a prayer hold on to God.

  25. ophir. says:


  26. MAYO MAYO says:

    Prayer is power !!

  27. Bob Likome says:

    Indeed persistent prayer conquers it all.

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