Sunday, January 23, 2011

Persistence in Prayer

I tell you, even though he doesn't want to get up and give him anything because he is his friend, he will get up and give him whatever he needs because of his persistence.
Luke 11:8

I heard this verse in Church this morning. I wondered about the word persistence so I looked it up. It speaks of something much more that persistence. It’s very powerful; speaking of someone without modesty, someone who knows no shame, without a sense of what is proper, is reckless and with complete audacity.

And that is how God wants us to be with him; to come boldly and with abandon to his throne of grace. It’s beyond persistence. It’s a behavior that would annoy most of us. Someone acting crazy as they beat on the door, demanding to be heard, demanding an answer to their request.

Everything Jesus ever said about prayer can be summed up in one word: ask. Be bold enough to ask in this way.

Philip

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