Luke 18: 1-8 (NIV) says:

1Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. 2He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared about men. 3And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’ 4″For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care about men, 5yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually wear me out with her coming!’ ” 6And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. 7And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? 8I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”

I just wanted to share one of the passages that has been serving as the model for how we’ve been praying in regards to my health issue. Jesus wants us to be persistent in prayer and specific. Certainly we need to be mindful of God’s will (i.e. the “Lord’s Prayer”), and asking for this; but often times I see this used the wrong way. In other words, at points there seems to be a timidity associated with prayer when we ask for “God’s will.” Since — we think — we don’t necessarily know God’s will in given situations; we end up just throwing blanket prayers out there, without specificity, and without boldness. I’m not calling for name it and claim it or blab it and grab it kind of theology or prayer; but for the kind that Jesus calls us to, the kind in the parable above — persistent, specific, and bold (see Heb. 4:16). John A. Martin says on the parable:

. . . Jesus told the Parable of the Unjust Judge to teach persistence in prayer: that they, His disciples, should always pray and not give up. Verses 2-5 contain the parable itself. A widow continued to go before an unjust judge to plead for justice in her case. He continually refused to “hear” her case, but finally he decided to give her justice so that she would not wear him out with her complaining. Jesus interpreted the parable (vv. 6-8), pointing out that if the unjust judge would give justice, then imagine how God (the just Judge) will see that they get justice, and quickly. . . . (John A. Martin, eds. John F. Walvoord and Roy B. Zuck, “TBKC: Luke,” 249)

So the principles are:

  1. We need to persist in prayer.
  2. We need to be specific in prayer.
  3. We need to be bold in prayer.

This is how my wife and I have been praying, as many others have (thank you so much); we have been persistently praying that my diagnosis will be benign, and we have been entering into the throneroom of God boldly (borrowing from Hebrews 4). I hope you pray this same way!

I just wanted to say thank you guys for all of your prayers, I also wanted to open this thread up for any prayer requests you might have; please let me know, and I would be happy to join Christ in His intercessory work for you (Heb. 7:25) by the Holy Spirit (Rom. 8:26,27). Also, I would just ask that you persist in specificity in your prayers for my situation; please ask the Lord for peace, I am a notorious worry-wart (which I don’t like to confess), and I sense that one of the lessons the Lord is teaching me is how to trust and rest in Him (in fact that’s the constant impression I get from Him in all of this — trust and rest). Thank you guys! By the way, this is how an “Evangelical Calvinist” prays — what I’ve been sketching in this post 🙂 .