I have a very persistent three-year-old son. There is one particular thing that he has been persistently asking me for every day for many months now. As I leave the house for work every morning, he usually whispers into my ear and says, “Dad, when Jesus gives you money, will you please buy me roller skates?” He asks this everyday! But I don’t get fed up or mad at him for asking me the same thing over and over again, even though roller skates are neither basic needs nor what I consider as very crucial for his well being. As a matter of fact, I enjoy that because it has a way of building connection between us.
This always 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 gave two parables (stories) 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 can be a demonstration of child-like faith, which really pleases the Father. And 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; to see how serious we are about what we are praying about. 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. One wise man put it like this: God answers prayer by granting us what we have asked for or something better. It has been correctly said that if prayer doesn’t change our situation it will change us.
So pray my friend, and keep on praying. Jesus said, “Keep on asking and it will be given to you. Keep on seeking and you will. 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)
Point To Ponder:
“Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.” Jesus in John 16:24