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Imagine that your basketball team is down by 15 points at the half. Do you give up? Not if you are the Kansas Jayhawks. They recently made an historic comeback to win the NCAA tournament. It’s not just the team that never gave up. One of their players, Ochai Agbaji, has a history of persistence. At one time, he was rated at the 334th best high school senior basketball player in the nation. Yet he worked hard to improve his skills. He not only helped KU win the championship, but he was named the Final Four’s most outstanding player. He is an example of never giving up.*
Persistence is also needed in prayer. Listen to Luke 18:1-5, ‘Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared about men. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’ For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care about men, yet 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!’”’ (NIV)
How much more willing is God to answer our prayers than that arrogant judge! So, don’t give up! Keep on praying!
*Sam McDowell, “Why Ochai Agbaji fell into his parents’ arms, crying, after Kansas Jayhawks’ title win,” The Wichita Eagle, April 12, 2022, https://www.kansas.com/sports/college/big-12/university-of-kansas/article260121915.html
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