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CONTINUING STEADFASTLY

In Romans 12'12 exhorts Believes to be "continuing steadfastly in prayer". It's found among quite a number of other exhortations such as "rejoicing in hope". Paul makes another that reveals their situation and disposition of being "patient in tribulation".

In all these things he says Believers should make praying a continuous factor in their lives.

At the time of Paul's writing his listeners had much they wanted changed. Most were ruled by the Romans and various religions were unfriendly to Believers too. Plus, there was the struggle of daily living.

There are Believers today whose situations are like this and for some it's much worse. On the other hand others live where there is, for the most part, freedom to witness.

Either way, Paul exhorts all Believers to pray for their nations, local authorities and for the society around us. Take note of the reasons why:

"Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.

For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus," 1 Timothy 2'1-5.

At an earlier time, the Believers in the first ever Kingdom prayer meeting, as recorded in Acts 4'29-30, expressed their desire, as His witnesses, for the demonstration of His love and power:

"Now, Lord ... grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word, by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus".

When was the last time you were in a meeting praying for these things? Is praying the first thing that comes to mind when you experience adversity in your life?

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Once when the Lord was with His Disciples "He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart" (Luke 18'1-8).