Pr. 25:15: “By long forbearance a ruler is persuaded, and a gentle tongue breaks a bone.”
I am reminded of the story found in Luke 18:1-8 of the judge and the persistent widow. The judge eventually avenged the widow, saying, “Though I do not fear God nor regard man, yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.”
The point Jesus was making in that parable was that we always ought to pray and not lose heart. Hearing what the unjust judge said, how much more will our Father answer our requests? When we pray, God hears our cries.
Mark 7:24-30 tells the story of a Gentile woman who asked Jesus to cast a demon from her daughter. Jesus was not yet prepared to help the Gentiles, but the woman was simply persistent. He was impressed that she did not quit and did as she asked.
According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, forbearance means: the quality of someone who is patient and able to deal with a difficult person or situation without becoming angry.
We see no evidence of anger in the widow or the Gentile woman, but we certainly see patient requests given more than once. Is there something you’ve been asking the Lord to do? I encourage you not to give up. I encourage you to forbear with a gentle tongue.
God did not put these parables in the Bible for no good reason. He could have left them out if He didn’t want us to follow them. The truth is that these aren’t even the only times in the Word where the Lord tells us these things. Over and over, He tells us to present our requests to Him. Sometimes it takes time. That is where patient forbearance comes in to play.
If you know the Father, and you know His love for you, then you know that He will not leave you or your family broken. Perhaps that is why we see in Ph. 4:6-7 that we are instructed, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
We request with forbearance and thanksgiving, (with a gentle tongue), and God’s peace guards us. Our Father loves us. His plans for us are for good, and truly He has an eternal plan for those who love Him. Do not give up. With forbearance, ask your Father for what you want. You will find Him faithful to answer you with what is truly needed.