Persistent Prayer

Are you praying about something?  Are you waiting on the the Lord for an answer? 

I am.


 So I say to you (Jesus speaking): Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and the to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Luke 11:9-10


As I pray and wait, I found comfort and conviction in Luke 11.  To fully understand what Jesus is promising in Luke 11:9-10, we need to examine what He says right before to understand the context.  At the beginning of Luke 11, the disciples ask Jesus how to pray. He starts out sharing the Lord’s prayer to be used as an example.  He then shares a parable that illustrates an important point that with door opening, seeking and knocking – persistence pays off. 

5 Then Jesus said to them, “Suppose you have a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; 6 a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have no food to offer him.’ 7 And suppose the one inside answers, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children and I are in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything.’ 8 I tell you, even though he will not get up and give you the bread because of friendship, yet because of your shameless audacity[a] he will surely get up and give you as much as you need. {Luke 11:5-8}

What happens when we seek God at midnight asking for bread?  He will hear us.  in the parable, the friend gave the bread, not necessarily out of friendship, but because the persistent friend came knocking in the middle of the night while his children and him were in bed!  It doesn’t mean you need to pray at midnight or you need to ask for bread, it means when you have a need to go boldly to God for help.  Whenever, wherever you are.  He hears you.  This parable was Jesus’ words, he told this parable himself to teach the disciples how to pray.

The point Jesus was making is, its not just how you pray but how often. Do you pray just once and hope for the best? Do you seek God continually for the desires of your heart?  What is ONE thing you are praying for?  How often you pray about it?   Have you asked others to pray with you?  Are you too scared to pray about it?  


When we pray persistently, not only do we communicate that it’s important to God, but it also allows us to keep a pulse on God’s active work in our life.
Have you experienced blessing from persistent prayer? As you prayed long-term did you see him opening doors, even the tiniest bit?


Praying fervently helps us keep eyes attune to God’s work in our lives.

It’s not just what you pray but how sincerely and earnestly you do so. Write it down in a journal and see how God is working things out for your best interests.  In order to fully appreciate what Luke records in verses 9-10, you must understand that it’s not a one time seeking, a one time knocking, a one time asking.  Ask, seek and knock with persistence.

Luke 11 finishes that section with a promise that He wants to give us good gifts but he also knows what’s best for us.  As Jesus taught the disciples to pray, part of his example was —

thy kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.  Matthew 6:10

We must seek God with persistent prayers trusting He wants to give us good gifts and His will be done in our lives.  Don’t lose heart, if he doesn’t answer right away.  Keep praying with persistence.

Is there is something I can pray with you about?  You can email me (sidebar) or leave a comment.  If it’s something you don’t want to share, you can simply ask for prayer – no questions asked.  It’s my privilege to pray with you and encourage you as you pray persistently.

This is a lesson I am learning first-hand as I pray persistently and would covet your prayers.

Until next time keep on smiling and keep on keeping on!

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