The Cambridge Dictionary defines perseverance as the continued effort to do or achieve something, even when it’s difficult or takes a long time. Life is sometimes full of challenges and trials, but we must press on even when we don’t want to. In these times when we want to give up, God is always there telling us to keep going. You never know; He may be trying to teach you something. God has a way of giving us challenges to see how we will react to them: will we face the challenge and continue or cower away from it? When we preserve through the challenge, we show God that we may not understand what He is doing, but we trust Him and His plan.
Perseverance in the Bible.
The Bible says a lot about perseverance in various contexts. Revelation 2:7 says that people who overcome and preserve in faith will live forever. Colossians 1:23 also says that if you continue in your faith, God will bless you. Ultimately, the saved ones are the people who preserve and continue to believe in the gospel. The Bible also teaches us that we are born again by the Holy Spirit, resulting in our faith in Christ. People who have been born again have eternal security and will persevere. Philippians 1:6 says that individuals who start a good work will carry it on to completion until Jesus comes back. This verse means if you persist in the Christian life, you will continue to do so until Jesus returns.
The Bible also offers some encouragement to persevere in the Christian life. In his letters to Timothy, the apostle Paul reminds him to watch his life and principle closely. Paul tells Timothy to persevere in both because you’ll save both yourself and your listeners if you do, detailed in 1 Timothy 4:16. Timothy was a Godly man, and his principle was sound. Paul warned him to watch them closely because perseverance in Godly living and believing the truth will always accompany genuine conversion. Paul was letting Timothy know that he must persevere in his lifestyle because it will allow people to accept him and listen to him genuinely.
James also talked about persevering in the Christian life. James 1:22-24 tells us that we shouldn’t just listen to the Word but also do what it says. This James verse compares someone who listens to God’s Word but doesn’t follow it to someone who looks in the mirror and forgets what they look like when not in front of the mirror. This verse says that listening to the Word is one thing, but listening and following God’s Word offers something completely different.
Prayers of Perseverance.
Here are a few quick prayers you can recite when you feel like giving up.
"Father, Your Word is faithful and worthy of all praise. Your Word is accurate, and Your promises are trustworthy. When difficulties show themselves, I know I can come to You for help. When these troubles come, please remind me always to trust You. Would you please teach me to depend on You continually? Amen."
This prayer acknowledges that God is the source of all of your help. It also lets God know that you’re aware that you can come to Him when things get rough.
"Dear Lord, it is in You that we find the support we need to prevail in life. We gather the strength to carry on in life’s adversities from You. Sometimes we fail, but You come to our rescue every time. Please take any doubt from my heart and clear my mind of troubling thoughts. Amen."
This prayer also recognizes that God is the source of everything we need. It also acknowledges that there will be times when we fall short, but God is always there to lift us back up.
"My God, thank You for remaining faithful when I didn’t deserve it. Your promises are unbreakable. Please help me remember these promises so I can persevere through my troubles with confidence and strength from You. Please clear my mind of any doubt any my desire to handle things myself. Could you remind me to have full faith in you? Amen."
With this prayer, you recognize that there will be times when you want to handle things your way. However, you still let God know that He has the ultimate control, and His plan comes first.
"Dear Lord, thank You for Your grace. Please help me move past the barriers that I stumble over now and then. Please give me the wisdom to see hope in Christ. Amen."
This prayer is short and to the point. It asks God for exactly what you need at that moment. These prayers where we go directly to God and ask Him for what we need can often be the most effective.
"Father, I come to You with a heavy heart. Right now, I feel like my struggles are taking over, and I’m drowning. I want to give up, but I know You have better plans for me. Please fill my heart with your love and remind me of my purpose. Amen."
This is possibly the most vulnerable prayer on the list. This prayer lets God know that you are struggling with your issues. It also allows God to know that you’re aware of His plan for you, and you’re going to hold on to see His plan.
Persevering through your issues can be tricky. There will be days when you feel like letting your troubles win, but you shouldn’t give up. You must remember that God has a plan for your life. God wants you to persevere because He wants you to see the grand scheme that He has for your life. God could be planning something for your life that you would never imagine, so you have to persevere through the struggles so you can watch His plan unfold. God could also be using these struggles to test you; Whatever the reason is for your troubles, know that God is on your side, and He wants you to keep going so you can succeed.