Some think prayer doesn’t matter. God is going to do what He wants
to do anyway. Others throw one up like a Hail Mary (football
language), hoping that it reaches the desired destination. But there
is real power in persistent prayer.
Paul Harvey told this story. A three-year old boy was in a grocery
store with his mother. Before they entered the store, she said to
him, “Now you’re not going to get any chocolate chip cookies today,
so don’t even ask!”
She put him in the cart and began her shopping. He was doing fine
until they came to the aisle where the cookies were. He saw the
chocolate chip cookies and he stood up in the cart and said, “Mom,
can I have some chocolate chip cookies?” She said, “I told you not
even to ask. You’re not going to get any cookies.” So he sat down.
They continued down the aisles, but in her search for certain items
they ended up back in the cookie aisle. “Mom, can I please have some
chocolate chip cookies?” She answered, “NO! Now sit down and be
Finally, they were approaching the checkout lane. The little boy
sensed that this may be his last chance. So just before they got to
the register, he stood up in the cart and shouted in his loudest
voice, “In Jesus’ name, may I have some chocolate chip cookies?”
And everybody around just broke up. Some applauded. And due to the
generosity of the other shoppers, the little boy and his mother went
home with 23 boxes of chocolate chip cookies.
Daniel knew the power of persistent prayer. He prayed three times a
day. He knew that prayer loosens the very powers of heaven, and when
we pray we have the power to battle the very forces of darkness, and
when we pray angels are willing to fight to answer our prayers. The
demon of Persia halted the messenger bringing God’s answer until
Michael, the archangel, came to help. Read Daniel 10:1-14.
We have prayed for a recovery of Cairo, and we believe God
dispatched the angels, but they have been held up by demonic
opposition. Keep praying, and they will yet come.
Prayer has protected Upward Basketball for 21 years because people
pray every day for every facet of the program. The power of
persistent prayer is the way we have an audience with the King of
O God, we pray for your empowering presence upon us now. Let us have
this 22nd year of Upward for the children and for your
glory and the sake of Your Kingdom.