Sunday, January 28, 2018

Luke 11:9-10 NIV 2011

“So I say to you: 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 to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”

 

Jesus was not ashamed of His prayer life. He urged His faithful followers toward boldness in prayer in the previous four verses. He then gave assurance that God answers prayer. Luke’s quotes of Jesus’ Words are longer than those found in Matthew in 7:7, “Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you.” Luke, a Gentile physician, went into more detail than Matthew, a Jew, giving just the facts. Jesus’ Words drive home the truth to ask, seek and knock in prayer. God hears and responds to believer’s persistent knocking in prayer.

 

Persistence in prayer is the key to remaining close to the Father. The same is true in life; we need to be willing to go after what we want and never wait for it to happen. In the mid 1980’s I interviewed for numerous teaching positions without any success. Even though I continued to keep on knocking in prayer, His answer was, “No.” That was not God’s chosen path for me. God wants to hear from me so I’ll keep knocking.

 

How do we daily persist in prayer?

 

Desiring communion with Him,

S

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