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Give Him No Rest

Dr. Ray Pritchard
Dr. Ray Pritchard

"You who call on the LORD, give yourselves no rest, and give him no rest till he establishes Jerusalem and makes her the praise of the earth" (Isaiah 62:6-7).

"Give him no rest."

Give who no rest?
God.

The Lord invites his people to pray, asks them to pray, commands them to pray, begs them to pray. And then he says, "When you pray, give me no rest."

This may be the most startling invitation to prayer in the Bible.

Give the Lord no rest when you pray. Bang on the door of heaven. Pray, pray, and keep on praying. Pray that God will hear and answer and move from heaven. 

Don't put any time limits on God.
Don't think he will be bothered by your repeated requests.
Don't say, "This is too small to bother God about."
Don't say, "I've prayed about this long enough."

Wear him out!

He loves it when his children beg him to help. 

Are you praying for a loved one to be saved? Wear him out!
Do you need God's wisdom for a major decision? Wear him out!
Are you facing temptation and need God's help? Wear him out!
Are your children struggling spiritually? Wear him out!
Do you seek a godly spouse for your granddaughter? Wear him out!
Are you praying for revival in your church? Wear him out!
Do you long to become stronger in your faith? Wear him out!

Don't take "no" for an answer.

It almost sounds unbliblical or dangerous or possibly blasphemous.
But if the request itself is godly and noble and pure and good, you have every reason to stand your ground when you pray.

Give him no rest.
Wear him out.

This is the word of the Lord. 

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Originally published January 15, 2011.

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