Praying Persistently

Praying Persistently
Children can be very persistent.

When my son was about three he persistently asked me for roller skates for months. I remember as I left the house for work every morning he would whisper into my ear, “Dad, when Jesus gives you money, will you please buy me roller skates?” Even though he asked for this every day, it didn’t bother me or make me angry, despite roller skates not being basic needs or what I consider very crucial for his well-being. As a matter of fact, I liked it because it was a way of building connection between us.

Our Father

This reminds me of God as our Father. Did you know that God never ever minds when we go to Him asking for the same thing over and over again? In fact, He invites us to do exactly that. Jesus told two parables (stories to illustrate spiritual truth) to teach His followers that persistent prayer is welcomed by the Father (see Luke 11:5-13 and 18:1-7). The Father loves it when we persist in prayer because it is a demonstration of child-like faith which pleases the Father (see Matthew 15:21-28). Jesus Himself once prayed the same prayer several times (Matthew 26:39-44).

What have you been praying for? Do you feel like giving up on that prayer item? Please don’t. Sometimes God uses what we would call “delays” to test our faith. He allows them to see how serious we are about what we are praying for. Of course this does not mean that if we persist and persist in praying for a particular thing we will eventually succeed in “arm-twisting” God to grant it to us. God can never be manipulated or deceived.

What do you have?

Sometimes God will also “delay” in answering our prayer because He wants to gives us something better, namely, Himself. He wants to bring us to a deeper knowledge of who He is. He wants us to know (by experience) that He is better than any answered prayer. As C.S. Lewis said, “He who has God and everything else has no more than he who has God only.”

So pray my friend, and keep on praying. “Keep on asking and it will be given to you. Keep on seeking and you will find. Keep on knocking and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.” (Matthew 7:7-8)

Have a prayerful Thursday.

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