‘And he said to his servant, “Go up now, look toward the sea.” And he went up and looked and said, “There is nothing.” And he said, “Go again,” seven times’ (1 Kin 18:43).
In this verse is illustrated yet another powerful faith principle: the Principle of Persistence. This principle affects both our action and our expectation. It means we must keep on praying and also keep on expecting until our miracle sees the light of day.
Haven’t you stopped expecting your miracle, dear friend? Persistent faith doesn’t settle for snippy, curt or terse prayers, like we are accustomed to nowadays. When Jesus prohibited vain repetition in prayer, He didn’t forbid persistent prayer (Mat 6:7; 7:7). What would have happened if Elijah had stopped checking prematurely? Seven (7) is the number of completeness or thoroughness.
Beloved, until you’ve prayed over a matter thoroughly, you’ve no right to quit. Many folks today are disillusioned simply because they gave up before the seventh time! Don’t be one of them!