Posted by: springsinthedesert | December 12, 2011

Persistence In Prayer

Few months back, while praying for one of my family members, God led me to this scripture of Luke chapter 11. There we read Jesus talking to the disciples about prayer and explaining a parable which emphasizes the subject of persistence in prayer.

Verses 5-8 reads as follows: Then Jesus said to them, “Suppose you have a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread;  a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have no food to offer him.’  And suppose the one inside answers, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children and I are in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything.’ I tell you, even though he will not get up and give you the bread because of friendship, yet because of your shameless audacity he will surely get up and give you as much as you need. 

If you carefully read the above verses, you will understand that the friend who had food in his house had many excuses to tell his friend. It is midnight and this is not the time to be disturbed. The door is locked and moreover, his family is sleeping with him. Considering all these inconveniences, he might decide not to give that man anything.  But all these inconveniences are out of picture when the one who knocks is a good old friend.

A good friend cannot be ignored. So considering the past friendship,  this friend will get up and offer him bread.  Relationships does matter..isn’t it? Forget about a friend, what if it was your child outside the door knocking for help. You just dont care about the personal inconveniences anymore….You will be out there just by his side offering everything you can to help him out.

Just imagine that the man who knocked on the door was not his friend..Then also, out of generosity, this man inside the house would have given at least something to the one at his door. If at all this man outside the door was not his friend…then what he received will be only in proportion to the generous heart of the giver. But here in this parable, the man outside is his friend. Since they shared a wonderful friendship, going empty handed was out of the picture.So he will definitely receive what he had asked for. What does that mean? When you have a relationship…whether the giver is a generous one or not…what you receive will be exactly what he had asked for.

In this parable, the importance is not given to the generosity or the relationship that the friend had..but its given to the persistence of the other friend in need. When generosity and relationship could end up in what you asked…or just minimum…persistence could result in ‘as much as you need’…in abundance. If so, think about generosity, relationship and persistence combined together.

Today, do you believe that you have come to the right place…to the throne of a generous giver. Romans 8:32 says, He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things. So we know for sure that our father in heaven is a gracious giver…He did not withhold anything from us..not even son…So we are at the right place.

Now, what about relationship? Bible says that He predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ.We are not his friend, but His children bought with the blood of Jesus Christ. So we are at the right place with the right authority..We are destined to receive what we have asked for…But this parable is challenging us to do  the next step..to be persistent in our asking. We know we are standing in front of the gracious giver…and we carry a special relationship with Him…but we lack in persistence…All these three components in a prayer will end up in request granted…not as exactly what you have asked…but in abundance…as much as you need.

God Bless,

Rani John

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Responses

  1. Rani, once again I thank you for this message you are sharing with us. This is a message that speaks to my situation right here and now.This gives me great assurance and I know my God will surely not delay long over me.May you and your family be blessed.Thank you for being a great instrument in God’s hands.

  2. Oh Rani . . .this speaks to my heart. Thank you! And God bless you and yours!


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