On Monday, we talked about the fact that we have not because we ask not. Today, we’ll consider how our failure to keep on asking robs us of the blessings God wants to give us.
And he said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves; For a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him? And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee. I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth.
And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man: And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary. And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man; Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me. And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith. And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth? (Luk 18:1-8)
Pray without ceasing. (1Th 5:17)
I remember watching a race when I was in 6th grade. A girl in our class sprinted out quickly ahead of the other girls. She had a huge lead. The spectators were cheering and clapping as she rounded the last turn and headed toward the finish line. About 100 yards before crossing the line, she collapsed. By the time she got back up, several girls had passed her, and she didn’t even place in the race.
How many times have you stopped one prayer short of getting an answer? I guess none of us will know the answer to that question until we get to Heaven, but it’s worth thinking about, anyway. We pray for a lost loved one, but give up because we think they’ll never get saved. We pray for our church to be revived, but give up because the answer doesn’t come soon enough. The Bible constantly warns us about the need to watch in prayer and not to faint.
God loves pesky prayer warriors. He loves folks who paitently, persistently plead with Him until their request is granted. (Think of Joseph wrestling the angel (Gen 32:25-28) and the woman of Canaan (Mat 15:22-28)
What About You?
- Who or what did you used to pray for passionately, but you’ve quit?
- What desires do you have that mean enough to you to keep on praying until you get a clear answer?