One day George Mueller, the great British evangelist - who lived at the end of the 19th century - began praying for five of his friends.
After many months, one of them came to the Lord.
10 years later, two others were converted. It took 25 years before the fourth man was saved.
George Mueller persisted in prayer (until his death) for his fifth friend, and throughout those 52 years, Mueller never gave up hoping and praying that his friend would accept Christ.
His faith was rewarded - for soon after Mueller's funeral - the last friend came to Christ.
I encourage you today to persist in praying.
For your spouse, your parents, your children.
For someone you know to come to Christ.
For peace in the war-torn parts of our country and world.
That God's power would cause a revolution in our church.
That God would use you to work for His glory.
Jesus said in Mark 11:24, "Whatever you ask for in prayer, belive that you will receive it and it will be yours."
That is an incredible promise.
Two qualifications: Keep on asking. Keep on on believing.
God is eager to answer your prayers. You don't need to beg, borrow, gripe, complain, or pester Him.
But we are to be persistant - not for His benefit - but for ours.
Just a thought for a Thursday.