• Romans 15:30 (The Message) 30 I have one request…: Pray for me. Pray strenuously with and for me—to God the Father, through the power of our Master Jesus, through the love of the Spirit—


Pray strenuously!  Pray earnestly!  It is the idea of persistent, constant and heartfelt prayer. 

Sometimes we hear the words earnestly or strenuously and we think it is about human energy, but I think it is actually more about spiritual intensity.  It is about not giving up on praying.  Too many of us yell and scream and pace around for a moment (human energy) and then we are done.  But prayer that changes things is not one and done.  It is about applying faith to the situation and not pulling back too soon.

In Matthew 17 Jesus tells His disciples that if they have faith the size of a mustard seed we will be able to say to the mountain to move and it will be so.  I used to think that Jesus was saying we just have enough faith, but, I have seen the size of a mustard seed. It is small, teenie-weenie…tiny.  In some translations of this passage it says “…this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.”  Putting those two things together I think that Jesus was saying, “Mustard seeds are small.  All you need is a little faith, in fact you already have that much faith in you to move mountains.” 

So if we all have the faith that is needed why is it that we don’t see our prayers being answered as much as the Bible promises?

I think that it is not the size of the faith that is the issue but the prolonged application of it.  In other words, we give up too soon.  It requires prayer and fasting.  Keep on asking, keep on seeking, keep on knocking – your faith is enough and your answer is on the way if you do not give up too soon.

Pray strenuously and earnestly.  Remember we are not feeble people so we won’t quit.  Keep on, keep on, keep on!