Samuel Morse was a man of many talents. He was a professional artist, inventor of the electric telegraph and originator of the Morse code.
He once went to England to study art. After his arrival and settling into a regular routine, he realized that it would take months before he would receive a letter from his mother.
Distressed, he wrote her, “Three thousand miles aren’t passed over in an instant.” After thinking for a moment, he asked, “Why must this be?”
It was that question that challenged him to begin experimenting with long distance communication. After a period of thinking and drawing many sketches of what an electric telegraph might look like, he began to experiment with long distance communication. After some time, and with God’s help, he invented the telegraph and sent his first message: “What hath God wrought?”
It was his love for his mother that led him to action. And it was God’s love that led Him to send His Son to redeem us. It was that act of redemption that enables us to communicate directly with Him and make our requests known to Him.
One day Jesus was talking with His disciples about the importance of prayer and the necessity of being persistent in our prayers to God. He told them the story of a widow who demanded that God answer her prayer. He told them of the need for constant prayer and the importance of never giving up on God.
He did not tell them to offer endless repetitions of empty words or lengthy prayers to God. Rather, they were to continually make their requests until God heard their pleas and answered them.
Prayer: Lord, give us the determination to come boldly to the throne of grace, and with confidence and persistence, make our requests known until You grant them. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Luke 18:1 And he told them a parable, to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart.