“So what makes you think God won’t step in and work justice for his chosen people, who continue to cry out for help? Won’t he stick up for them? I assure you he will. He will not drag his feet. But how much of that kind of persistent faith will the Son of Man find on the earth when he returns?” Luke 18:6-8 (The Message)
Our concern and our persistence are related.
I can declare my concern up front but if that concern doesn’t result in some persistent action, then how big really was my concern?
God wants us to petition Him persistently. He loves to hear from us! He knows what we know, why then should I persistently petition Him? It’s for my good. It forces me to realize that God is the One who can get things done. By persistently petitioning Him, I am recognizing that fact. Anything else that I might petition to is a counterfeit god.
I have family members who aren’t believers, as far as I know. They cannot spend eternity in Hell. I must pray for them with a passion that recognizes their neediness as well as God’s ability to do something about it.
Conclusion: I must persistently approach Him with my concerns.