Striving Spiritually

The Annoying and Obnoxious Knocker

POSITIVE (3)

Now Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.”  And he said to them, “When you pray, say:

“Father, hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come.
Give us each day our daily bread,
and forgive us our sins,
    for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us.
And lead us not into temptation.”

And he said to them, “Which of you who has a friend will go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves,  for a friend of mine has arrived on a journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; and he will answer from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed. I cannot get up and give you anything’?  I tell you, though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his impudence he will rise and give him whatever he needs.  And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.  What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion?  If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

~Luke 11:1-13~

 

Imagine Jesus saying, “Pray like you aren’t leaving until you get what you’re asking for.”  To an extent, I felt comfortable with this.  But at the same time, I wrestle with being obedient and content with the answer God gives me WHILE I’m being the obnoxious friend who keeps asking.  Most of it is in what you’re asking for and how Jesus is telling us to pray for certain things.

Here are a few things that Jesus is talking about here when he says to pray boldly and persistently.

Pray boldly and persistently

  1.  Pray persistently for the triumph and completion of God’s Kingdom
    1. Your Kingdom Come.
  2.  Pray persistently that God would purify you and get rid of the sins in your life now
    1.  and forgive us our sins,
      for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us.
    2. Philippians 1:6– And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
  3.  Ask boldly for and depend on God’s Fatherly love, provision, and transformation each day
    1. Give us each day our daily bread.
    2. And lead us not into temptation
    3. I Corinthians 10:13– No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

God will answer the same prayer differently with different people.  We take that as “not fair” or “God didn’t hear my prayers” or “I didn’t pray hard enough.”  These thoughts change our perception on who God is and if He is really “good.”  But really, when God doesn’t “answer” our prayers, it shouldn’t change our perception of God’s Goodness, but should change our perspective of what “Good” is.  We need to get out of this view point that we are entitled to God’s answers the way we want them.  We should dwell on God’s goodness and let that shape how we perceive what’s happening around us, not the other way around.

Back to the passage from yesterday’s sermon, the man is obnoxiously knocking in persistence until his friend inside gets up and gives him what he needs.

WE ARE TO PRAY LIKE THAT!

  • Pray persistently that God will conquer your sins today.
  • Pray persistently that God will provide what you need today.
  • Pray persistently that God will bring His kingdom down, and that He will start with you today.

 

I love you all.

Keep striving and thriving.

 

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