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You might disagree with me, but being first is sometimes considered something special.  For many royal families, The firstborn in the family is usually the heir to the throne.  In athletics, the first person to touch the tape wins the gold. The first person to invent something gets their name etched in history forever, and depending on the type of event, if you arrive early, you may be lucky to get the best seat in the house.

In the Bible, the firstborn was entitled to the birthright and blessing, so Jacob, despite not being the firstborn, went to great lengths to deceive his brother Esau and robbed him of his entitlements.

One can spend all day on the internet reading about the first thing to do in the event of an accident, fire, someone choking, or a heart attack. This essential information has worked well for those who have it and can use it during a crisis.

Today, as I sat in devotion with my siblings and listened to my brother expound on Luke 18:1, it reiterated the importance of praying continually and having prayer as our default stance or posture for everything in life. We would see many more miracles and win more battles if we changed our response priorities and jumped into prayer mode rather than panic mode when life hits.

The persistent Widow in  Luke 18:1 understood the meaning of persistence.   According to  The Britannica Dictionary, it’s ” the quality that allows someone to continue doing something or trying to do something even though it is difficult or opposed by others. ” I’m sure this widow felt threatened,  ridiculed, insulted, and maybe she was even told about the countless others who had approached this judge for justice and eventually abandoned their quest because the ruler would not relent.

None of those things mattered to her. She was in a desperate situation, and he had the power to do something about it. Even if it took her the rest of her life, she would not stop crying out to him until she got her desired answer. Thankfully, her persistence paid off, and her request was granted.   

 The fight-or-flight response tells our bodies what to do if we’re facing physical danger, and we’ve heard many stories of people taking unusual actions to get themselves out of difficult situations. As believers, prayers should be our fight-or-flight response. It should be the FIRST thing we do in any situation, and we are encouraged in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 to pray without ceasing. 

James N. Watkins said, “A river cuts through rocks not because of its power but because of its persistence. ” Therefore,  we need to keep praying. Let prayer be our default reaction to every situation.  Prayer is the key that opens the locked door, and the good news is God is waiting to avenge his elect speedily; however, many of us are not calling on him enough.

We have an excellent example in Jesus, who, while he was on the earth in human form, prayed and prayed and prayed. Before performing many of his miracles, we saw him praying first.

What about us? Please, let us shift around the order of priority in our lives and start praying before we take any other action.