Sunday, February 6, 2011

Today's lesson~ Persevering in Prayer

“Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you.”  Matthew 7:7

Prayer continues to be one of the most confusing subjects to me.  To think that God has already seen all that has past, and all that is to come, and yet he wants ME to be involved in the “to come” part.  Isn’t that a fascinating thought?  He has given us the opportunity to communicate with him, in order that our prayer and petitioning may bring about his purposes. 

A couple of the things ABOUT prayer that have greatly affected me are:

1.  That Jesus LOVES to hear from me.  Think of all the good gifts that he is aching to give us…if only we would ask him.  It glorifies him when we are in constant dialog with him, every day, all day.  He never puts us “on hold” so that he can listen to someone else.  That doesn’t mean that he will always answer quickly or in the way we want him to.  Our pastor explained to us last week that one of the possible reasons for a delay is to purify our passions.  Are the things we are asking for pleasing to him?  Could we possibly be asking for something that wouldn’t be pleasing to him? 

 2. By praying, we are bringing about his will.  Confusing?  It is for me.  His will WILL be accomplished whether we choose to pray or not.  But we get to experience blessing when prayers are answered.  No one wants to miss out on that! 

3. He wants us to continue praying until we receive an answer.  It doesn’t bother God when we continue to ask, in fact, it is glorifying to him.  Persistence shows that we take our requests seriously.       

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