Hi, Dutch Sheets here and welcome to God Today. I want to encourage you, today, on the subject of perseverance. The longer I have lived, the more I understand it is one of the strongest and most important fruits of the Holy Spirit.
When I was a young Christian, just learning to intercede, God assigned me to pray for a girl in a coma. She had been in a coma for a year and a half. She was basically a vegetable. Her brain was completely destroyed. She was fed through a tube in her stomach, breathing through a trach in her throat. God said, “I want you to go pray for her.” I did, nothing happened. God said, “I want you to go every week and pray for her until I restore her.”
The doctors said it wasn’t possible, “She is a vegetable. She will never recover.” I went every week for a year, at least once a week. I prayed over this girl for an hour. That was tough. Sometimes I wavered. I said, “Lord, are you sure you are telling me to do this?” He said, “I want you to pray for her until she is healed. After a year, one day Jesus walked into the room. He raised her up and gave her a new brain and totally healed this little girl.
Sometimes the key to your victory is just to hang in there and keep doing it. It is through faith and patience we inherit the promises. Lord, I pray for my brothers and sisters today. Some of them have been plowing for a long time. Some of them have been standing for a long time, asking you for a long time. Holding out for that unsaved family member for a long time. Lord, I pray that the fruit of endurance, perseverance would be alive in them and that they would have the tenacity to hang in there and just keep believing. I pray that over them, and Lord, I put strength in them. In Jesus’ name. God bless you.