Little Blue Engine

My friend, may I ask you a question? When we ask God to intercede in our lives or in those of others, ought we really begin that intercession with the mindset that there will be no stopping until we’ve conquered the hill that’s staring us in the face?

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.

It’s been said that persistent people begin their success where others end in failure. How true that is friends. Oh, we’re all familiar with the rhymes and songs that talk about this. “Winners never lose, and losers never win.” And the books–I remember reading The Little Blue Engine, (talk about persistence) many times to my children as they grew up. It was the little engine that couldn’t make it up the hill but did because it would give up, kept trying and finally persevered. Persistence is a virtue as parents we are constantly trying to instill into our kids. Nevertheless, how peculiar it is that as adults we ourselves often don’t practice Little Blue Engine tactics in our lives, especially when it comes to persistent prayer. Luke tells us in his gospel. “Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.” (Luke 18:1)

When we ask God to intercede in our lives or in those of others, ought we really begin that intercession with the mindset that there will be no stopping until we’ve conquered the hill that’s staring us in the face?

Here’s a story. We are taught from youth on that persistence coupled with perseverance is enviable; we all ought to practice it. I think that this story about a little boy and his persistence in never giving up despite the fact that his requests are going nowhere is the perfect example of how you and I ought to pray when on an intercessory mission for ourselves or someone else. “An eight-year-old boy had been pestering his father for a watch. Finally his father said, ‘I don’t want to hear about your wanting a watch again.’ At dinner that night the family each gave a scripture verse at the dinner table and the boy repeated Mark 13:37: ‘And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.’” He didn’t get the watch that day, but his intercession rang true in the heart of his father who was impressed by his persistence and the ability to persevere even when there seemed to be no hope. Was the watch ever granted? We do not know but can only assume the story ended well.

When we persist in prayer, as the Apostle tells us in Luke 18:1, we need to come to an understanding that God is never annoyed with us, as perhaps that father was annoyed with his son. We do need to understand that God’s “yes” or his “no” is timely and the clocks of heaven have their own beat, not yielding in any way to Greenwich Mean Time. McLaren’s commentary states. “Yes, the longest delay may yet be ‘right early,’ for heaven’s clock does not beat at the same rate as our little chronometers. God is ‘the God of patience,’ and He has waited for millenniums for the establishment of His kingdom on earth; His ‘own elect’ may learn long-suffering from Him, and need to take to heart the old exhortation, ‘If the vision tarry, wait for it, for it will surely come, and will not tarry.’ Yes, God’s delays are not delays, but are for our profit that we may always pray and not faint . . .’” God wants us to work with him in prayer, not on our timetable but his. He’s really looking for Little Blue Engines here, not little blue people. Faint not my friend; he hears you and he checks his watch daily.

We pray. Our Father in Heaven. How hard it is to persist when the answer continually comes back not the way we desire it to be Oh Lord. Yet, you have asked us to pray without ceasing, not to faint when we are asking for you to intercede? Forgive us Father when we faint and do not persist, simply because we have judged what we think you will do. You will intercede. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

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