Persevere In Prayer

"Do not grow slack in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, endure in affliction, persevere in prayer." (1)

"…let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to us and persevere in running the race that lies before us while keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the leader and perfecter of faith. For the sake of the joy that lay before him he endured the cross, despising its shame, and has taken his seat at the right of the throne of God. Consider how he endured such opposition from sinners, in order that you may not grow weary and lose heart. In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood." (2)

Persevere!

Accept the cross; pray "Persevere!"
Your strength is greater than the pain.
God is your strength; He is so near
That you will not struggle in vain.

Lift up the cross; pray "Persevere!"
A sacrifice of love is born.
Grief can bear love, strong and sincere;
Hope is first hewn from the forlorn.

Embrace the cross; pray 'Persevere!'
The sacrifice can be your joy.
Lifted with love, strong and sincere,
The cross conquers what could destroy.

For we are called in suffering:
To follow Christ to Calvary;
To bear love with our offering;
And vanquish sin with victory.





(c) Paul Buis, 2001


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(1) Romans 12:11-12
(2) Hebrews 12:1-4