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Lord, strengthen the faith You have given us, so that we learn to persevere in hope and prayer.

I recently met a seasoned intercessor named Laurel Brooks. She has a remarkable story.

In the 1980s, Laurel landed a job through a temp agency, as an assistant to the secretary of CompuShop, a computer distribution company.

God had other plans.

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A fledgling personal computer company bought out CompuShop and some other distribution organizations. Laurel went from being a job agency temp to joining a team at — are you ready for this? — Apple Computer, under Steve Jobs! Wow!

Laurel was gifted for administration and leadership, and the company took notice. The 23-year-old was given charge of administering the East Coast region. Soon her action plan caught the eye of Apple’s then president, Gene Carter, and he decided to use her ideas nationwide and in Canada. Before long, she was training people across the nation.

Laurel was taking on a lot of responsibility and excelling, but something had changed. She began to battle chronic illness. She believed that the massive workload and the stress that came along with it were taking a toll on her health. Her disease was debilitating. It impacted her marriage and other aspects of her life. Laurel wasn’t just a leader in the marketplace; she was also a wife, mother, prayer warrior, and follower of Jesus Christ.

She remembers praying, fasting, crying, and waiting on God for years to heal her. She refused to give up. She kept believing — for decades. Then, 37 years later, the Lord did it. One day in October 2018, the Lord healed her. The pain and the symptoms were gone. The days became weeks, and she realized she had been symptom-free for an entire month. She knew the Lord had answered her cries for healing. Laurel learned a lesson in her waiting.

There is power in persistent prayer.

To persist is to be continual, endless, enduring, tenacious, and unrelenting. Our prayers should be persistent, according to Scripture.

One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up (Luke 18:1 NLT).

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you (1 Thessalonians 5:16–18).

Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere (Ephesians 6:18 NLT).

Persistence gets the Lord’s attention: He heard blind Bartimaeus shouting, while people were telling him to shut up (Mark 10:46–52). He heard Anna’s intercessions day and night in the temple over many years (Luke 2:36–38). In Luke 18 Jesus tells us to learn a lesson from a persistent widow who refused to be denied justice.

He heard the prayers of Laurel Brooks in her anguish. It took 37 years, but she never wavered. She trusted the Lord, and in His time, He healed her. This is what faith looks like. None of the people cited above ever knew when or if God would answer their cries, but that never deterred them, because they prayed believing that He would answer, and He did.

Faith is your key to persisting in prayer.

What about you? Have you, like Laurel, suffered long from a physical illness? Have you wrestled with mental anguish? Are you waiting on God and believing for your healing? I am too.

Keep praying, and never give up!

Are you praying for an unsaved spouse, for a prodigal, or for a loved one — only to see them keep drifting further from God? So am I. Keep praying, and never give up!

Have you grown weary of praying for our nation and its leaders when you see so much corruption and evil? I have been too. But keep praying, and never give up!

Do you ever wonder if all your tears, anguish, and prayers are in vain? We have all felt overwhelmed by the weight of our prayer burdens. Keep praying, and never give up!

Laurel shares some nuggets of wisdom she learned through her battle, and she encourages you to keep pressing on for whatever you are believing God to do.

“Never stop praying! There is no reason to ever stop believing,” she says. “Even if we see no answer to what we’ve been praying for, we give ourselves to reckless abandon. We have faith that He can do it. We believe that He can do it, but even if He doesn’t, we will trust the Lord, no matter what.”

She ends with an important question: “Will you trust Him in the midst of everything you see?”

The heroes of faith did just that.

And all these, though commended through their faith, did not receive what was promised, since God had provided something better for us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect (Hebrews 11:39–40).

Many of the Bible heroes we know and love so much did not receive every promise by the end of their earthly journey. And yet the hope of those promises did remain to them, because God is faithful. They are still commended for their faith and their mighty exploits. They lived their lives through in obedience and enduring hope, with the expectation of ultimately receiving what God had promised. We know that they are set forth as examples for us today. Your faith, your obedience, your confident hope in Who He is, and your unrelenting expectation — all of these taken together are the key to prevailing in prayer.

Keep praying, and never give up.

“ … But the question is: When I, the Messiah, return, how many will I find who have faith and are praying?” (Luke 18:8b TLB).

Did Laurel’s story and example of persistence encourage you? Share below what you have been praying and believing God for.

IFA Contributing Writer Gloria Robles is a passionate intercessor with a prophetic voice for today. For more from Gloria, go to Spotify or Anchor to listen to her podcast, Something To Share. Photo Credit: Fa Barboza on Unsplash.

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Susan S
December 3, 2022

Thank you for this powerful testimony and word of encouragement to never give up and be persistent in prayer to our Faithful God. Lord, help us to watch expectantly for Your hand of mercy in our lives everyday and for your will to be done on earth as it is in Heaven. We love you, Lord, and Praise Your Holy Name Forever! Amen!

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Liz
December 1, 2022

Praying for nearly ten years for restoration of family bond. New spouse has widened the divide and requests to meet children of the marriage are ignored. Please join my prayers, not only in family healing, but also for faithfulness. Thank you. I am praying for all those asking for both psychological and physical, as well as spiritual healing.

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Darlene Estlow
December 1, 2022

What an encouragement to trust the Lord and not waver in faith. Thank you.

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Andrea Meador
December 1, 2022

YES!! Wait on the Lord! He is GOOD!! I’ve been waiting on my healing for 30 years. During that time I have learned so much about the heart of my Father, grown closer, grown stronger in my faith, and so I praise Him in my waiting.

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SS
December 1, 2022

This is a word and confirmation for why Holy Spirit keeps telling me yo reas Psalm 44 everyday.

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    SS
    December 1, 2022

    That should say …..to read Psalm 44 every day.

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      Phyllis
      December 1, 2022

      <3 I knew what you meant. Those keys are right next to each other! You're good SS.

      I went there and read it – will try your regimen, His Word never returns void!

      Be blessed <3 His Love from the Lone ⭐️ State.

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Jill Carrero
December 1, 2022

yes, it did! thanks for the morale boosting reminder perservere, never ever give up ! The Lord be blessed! we are believing for the church to wake up and lead! and the Lord will work a mighty work in the 7 Mountains of influence : family/ education/ business, finance/religion/ media/ arts, entertainment/ government,politics to be transformed by the power of God’s love , mercy , justice and power make our nation return to Biblical values once again in Jesus mighty Name Amen

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Sara Peters
December 1, 2022

This is a beautiful testimony of “what a great God we serve and Love” God is Love. I am standing in pryer with my daughter she was diagnosed with Parkinson and several other sever things about 25 years ago and has endured agonizing pain, She listens to the word every day and prays the word and reads God word. She needs a breakthrough!

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Amor B
December 1, 2022

Thank you for this encouraging testimony of Laurel.
I am praying for my family members who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus as Savior and Lord. I am not giving up in praying. I persevere in prayer because I want to see them all in heaven when our life on earth is done. I rejoice always knowing God is listening to my prayers, I pray without ceasing knowing God delights in having His children pray and I thank God in all my family’s circumstances knowing He is in control over everything! To God be the glory as we pray!

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Teresa Jenkins
December 1, 2022

Thank you for the story of Laurel. I appreciate the encouragement…I’ve been praying for broken relationships with my children and for them to turn from their wayward lifestyles. Sometimes I feel like a surrogate mother completely exiled from them…whether or not my relationship with each of them will be restore is not the point…I want them all to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

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Karen Baetz
December 1, 2022

Both of my sons, 22 and 24 years old, are addicts. In and out of rehab since their mid-teens, and now addicted to fentanyl. My prayers will never cease for them, no matter what. And no matter how long it takes, I believe God will lead them to victory over their afflictions. I release them into His hands and ask for His will to be done in their lives.

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Michelle Cortez
December 1, 2022

I have been standing in persistent prayer for the salvation of my husband for 36 years. I will never give up. No matter the roller coaster ride that I have been on to both be discouraged and encourage me, I will stand on God‘s Holy Word and know that if I believe in the Lord Jesus Christ I will be saved AND my house (Acts 16:31). I am already seeing that “the unbelieving husband will be sanctified by the conversation or lifestyle of his wife. “ I am seeing my husband being sanctified day by day, month by month, and year by year. I will never give up. His salvation and testimony of his salvation will be such a testimony to my children and to all those who have known my husband and myself throughout the years. Persevere and never give up!

Please stand with me believing for my husband Clay. and intercede for him.

Dear Lord, we lift Clay up to You. He is Your creation and we pray that You would welcome him into Your family, wooing him by Your Holy Spirit. We thank You for the path that You have prepared before him to soften his heart and open up his ears to receive Your Holy Word. Convict him of sin, especially the sin of pride and of fear. Break down those walls with Your battering ram of Your Holy Word. Help him to be drawn to Your Holy Word and to read it every single day. Let Your Holy Spirit convict him through the power of Your living Word. Give him the courage to stand against the enemy and to confess his sins before You and to confess that You are Lord and Savior over his life. Help him to relinquish all power and authority over his life to You and to no longer want to grasp hold of any thing that he still holds onto that prevents him from serving You 100%. We thank You Lord for Clay’s testimony that will come forth, and encourage many of those around him. We pray this in the mighty name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen and amen.

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