A friend said faith is like pulling the trigger on a gun, it releases the power and the answer. I said the gun illustration would be better if you realized it was a machine gun. You hold the trigger until the clip is empty. That is faith worked through persistence. Jesus will be looking for this when He returns. Do we have persistent faith or have we given up?
“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!' " And the Lord said, "Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:1 – 8 italics mine) Note that Jesus told this parable so that His disciples would pray always and not give up. His instructions to us were to pray persistently, earnestly and not quit. Don’t give up! Keep praying, keep pursuing God, keep asking, and keep seeking!
In Matthew 7 Jesus says: "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” That is earnestness! Keep seeking, keep asking, keep knocking and the door will be opened. His question to His disciples in Luke 18 is: “Will He find faith on the earth when He returns?”
For whatever reason God does not always answer immediately. It could be because we fight and quarrel amongst ourselves as believers or we ask with the wrong motive. (James 4) He knows the heart. James says that we have desires battling within us that cause Him to withhold. So we need to pray for discernment as to why we don’t have what we are asking for. James chapter one says if we lack wisdom to ask God for it.
Maybe the Lord really wants to know how badly or sincerely we want something. I have done this with my children. They have asked for something and I have waited to see if they really want it. Will they ask me again or is it just a passing fancy like something they see in the supermarket but forget about when they leave the store? How earnest are we? Do we pull the trigger on faith and hold on until we get the answer? Or do we just take a shot and hope we might hit something?