CONTINUING STEADFASTLY

In Romans 12'12, there's an exhortation to be "continuing steadfastly in prayer" which sits alongside "rejoicing in hope" and being "patient in tribulation".

It's an exhortation to Believers to make praying a continuous factor in their lives.

At the time of Paul's writing his listeners had much they wanted changed. Their country was ruled by a government unfriendly to Believers. And there was the struggle of hard daily living.

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

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 freedom of religion.

Paul gives this exhortation to Believers about praying for their own nations and localities:

"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 participants in the first ever Kingdom prayer meeting, as recorded in Acts 4'29-30, expressed their desire to be witnesses and 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".