“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; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. Luke 11:9-10 (NIV)
Keep On Praying
Are you asking me for what you need? Are you seeking what you want from me? Are you knocking to ask for the door to be open for you? Those are really good questions. I’m sure that I have not asked you for all that I need. I’m positive that I have not asked you for what I want. I know that I have not been persistent enough to ask for the door to be open to me. Why is that? I have prayed. I do pray. I pray to you ever day. Yes, you do. Why do you feel unable to say yes to each of my questions? I’m not sure what I need. I’m not positive what I want. I know that I have not burned with desire for a particular door to be open to me. I don’t believe any of what you just said is true. Why is that? I have heard your prayers. You have been passionate about your prayers. You have stated clearly what you want. You have told me what you must have. You have been persistently and passionately praying about the same things over and over again. Then you will need to remind me what I have been praying about. I don’t think so. You may be a little weary and worn out right at the moment. This is a good time to renew and continue your prayers to me. I will ask you a couple questions to help you to get started.
What must you have? What do you really want from me? If you knew that I would hear and answer every one of your prayers, that we are talking about now, what would they be? Now, you have reminded me of the prayers that never leave my heart and mind and soul. Tell me what they are? I want to know you intimately. I want to live in an intimate relationship with you. I want to hear your voice. I want to talk with you. I want to walk with you. I want to love you with all my heart and mind and soul. I want to be set on fire to serve you. I want to know your will and your ways. I want to bear an abundance of fruit for your kingdom and glory. What do you mean by fruit? I want to bear fruit that will last for all eternity. Those kinds of fruit are people that have been drawn to you through my life. They will have seen you living in and through my life. I want to be a bright and shining witness for you in this dark world. One day I want to be able to hear you say, “well done good and faithful servant.” I want to be known as a man that had a heart for you. Where have all these prayers come from? These prayers have come from you. You have placed these prayers in my heart. You have given me these desires. You are right about that. How often have you prayed these prayers? I have no idea. They never leave my heart and my mind and my soul. You are telling me by your persistence that you really want me to answer these prayers for you. Yes, I am. Do you believe that I will hear and answer every one of these prayers of yours? Yes, I do. Will you keep on praying these prayers that I have given you to pray? Yes Lord, I will. Then you can be positive that I will hear and answer every one of them.
Lord, thank you for giving me prayers to pray. Thank you for helping me to know what I really want. Thank you for showing me what I must have. Thank you for making me persistent in prayer for what you certainly want to give to me. Amen
Key Question… How has your trust in the Lord grown as you have continued to ask Him for what you need?
Living It Out… Be persistent in prayer, asking the Lord for all that you need from Him.
Seeing It Happen… Have faith that the Lord will hear and answer the prayers that you keep on praying to Him.
Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how the Lord has heard and answered prayers you have prayed to Him.
Prayer To Bless Others… May you keep on asking, seeking, knocking so you receive all that the Lord wants to give to you.
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