I woke up the other morning with a strange phrase echoing in my head that had no context indicating it was part of a larger dream: ‘the Law of Perseverance”. I felt compelled to repeat the phrase out loud, softly before going back to sleep. This phrase has stayed with me for almost a week now off and on rattling around in my mind and occasionally making enough noise that I pay it further contemplation. I know for me this was a timely message. As of late, I had been feeling rather weary and listless about certain pursuits/goals in my own life.
I’d never heard of this particle phrase or “law” before. So, I did a Google search and found a video by Pat Robertson by that same name. When I watched the video, Pat was teaching on a series of Laws he based on Jesus’ own teachings/words. I was raised as a Southern Baptist Christian, but must profess that my view and love of God goes beyond the confines and rigors of any single religion. I find God’s beauty and messages in many forms and texts.
Pat’s “Law of Perseverance” was based on Matthew 7:7-8 AMPC version which goes, “7 [a]Keep on asking and it will be given you; [b] keep on seeking and you will find; [c]keep on knocking [reverently] and [the door] will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who keeps on asking receives; and he who keeps on seeking finds; and to him who keeps on knocking, [the door] will be opened.”
Evidently, some scholars say this version better embodies the original meaning in terms of our modern society.
The message was simple: Jesus never said “Ask once and then you shall receive.” Jesus’ message was one of persistence, humble insistence and anticipation even, when requesting things through prayer.
Jesus himself asked multiple times to have the burden of his crucifixion taken from him if possible in order for God’s will and plan to still be accomplished without him enduring that.
I encourage everyone to read and meditate on that verse in the context of perseverance and any areas of your life that you sometimes feel like giving up on. It takes time and persistent consistency in our embodiment of what we desire. That is the basis of the Law of Attraction which Jesus taught about as well. More on that another time.
The video by Pat Robertson was very enlightening as well and I am including it for your consideration, my friends. Be well and take care!