IT PAYS TO PERSIST
11th March 2019
READ: 2 Kings 5:1-14
“Then went he down, and dipped himself seven times in Jordan according to the saying of the man of God…” - 2 Kings 5:14
I once thought that if God ministers to you, there should be instant recovery. After all, if God Himself touches you, every problem should vanish completely. This is a natural expectation!
However, I realise now that there is often a need for repeated and sustained ministration to the same per-son. You will see this law in operation many times in the Bible.
A common example, is when Naaman was asked to dip himself in the River Jordan seven times. The question is why not once, three times, or six times? The answer is, “I don’t know.” God wanted to bless Naaman after the seventh ministration.
Elijah prayed for rain seven times. On seven different occasions, he sent his assistant to look at the clouds. There was no sign of rain until after the seventh prayer: “And it came to pass at the seventh time, that he said, Behold, there ariseth a little cloud out of the sea, like a man’s hand…” (1 Kings 18:44).
After that session, Elijah’s assistant noticed a very small cloud in the form of a man’s hand. Do not be tired of being prayed for. Greater men had to pray seven times and were not angry with God. Please don’t be angry with God; do not develop a bitter spirit and attitude!
I see God giving you a miracle. I see the miracle appearing after several ministrations.