HOW PERSISTENT ARE YOU IN YOUR PRAYERS?
During the month of January, one of the areas of our corporate prayer focus in the ministry that I attend, Family of Faith Ministries International, is that we make prayer a priority in our personal lives.
This afternoon my reflections on prioritizing prayer reminded me of a post that I wrote in May of 2011 about the importance of persisting in prayer called “Kingdom Principles Demonstrated by a Bahamian Potcake Dog (part 1)” and I felt prompted to re-blog it.
May these words urge you to never give up, but to instead persist in your prayers.
KINGDOM PRINCIPLES DEMONSTRATED BY
A BAHAMIAN POTCAKE DOG (PART 1)
My mother has a 17-year-old Bahamian Potcake dog named Shera who is kept in a spacious backyard but is also allowed in the house.
If desired, we let him in, but if not, we say “no Shera!” and ignore his knocking.
When Shera really doesn’t want to come inside that badly, he would usually knock a few more times then stop, but if he really wants to come in, even though we say no and ignore him, he keeps knocking, and knocking, and knocking, and knocking on the door until someone gets fed up with his noisy persistence and lets him inside.
Does this behavior prick your spirit in any way?
Believe it or not, Shera’s actions are a perfect demonstration of the kingdom principle of PERSISTENCE IN PRAYER.
In Matthew 7:7 Jesus states:
“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.” – (NLT)
Jesus reiterates this same principle in Luke 11:5-10 which states:
5 “Then, teaching them more about prayer, he used this story: “Suppose you went to a friend’s house at midnight, wanting to borrow three loaves of bread. You say to him,
6 ‘A friend of mine has just arrived for a visit, and I have nothing for him to eat.’
7 And suppose he calls out from his bedroom, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is locked for the night, and my family and I are all in bed. I can’t help you.’
8 But I tell you this—though he won’t do it for friendship’s sake, if you keep knocking long enough, he will get up and give you whatever you need because of your shameless persistence.
9 And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.” – (NLT)
Again on the subject of persistence in prayer, Luke 18:1-8 states:
1 “One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up.
2 “There was a judge in a certain city,” he said, “who neither feared God nor cared about people.
3 A widow of that city came to him repeatedly, saying, ‘Give me justice in this dispute with my enemy.’
4 The judge ignored her for a while, but finally he said to himself, ‘I don’t fear God or care about people,
5 but this woman is driving me crazy. I’m going to see that she gets justice, because she is wearing me out with her constant requests!’”
6 Then the Lord said, “Learn a lesson from this unjust judge.
7 Even he rendered a just decision in the end. So don’t you think God will surely give justice to his chosen people who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off?
8 I tell you, he will grant justice to them quickly! But when the Son of Man returns, how many will he find on the earth who have faith?” (NLT)
How persistent are you in your prayer requests?
Do you ask God a few times then give up, or do you keep asking until you receive what you are asking Him for?
It is clear from the above scriptures that like Shera persistently knocking on the sliding glass door until allowed inside the house, God wants us to persistently bring our prayer requests to Him until He answers them.
Again I ask, how persistent are you in your prayer requests?
“The Lord is close to all who call on him, yes, to all who call on him in truth. He grants the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cries for help and rescues them.”
(Psalms 145:18, 19 – NLT)
“And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him. And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for.”
(I John 5:14, 15 – NLT).
From this day on, whatever your situation, determine by the grace of God to pray your way through and if ever you get weary in prayer, remember the persistent friend who needed bread, the persistent widow who needed justice and the persistent Bahamian Potcake dog who wanted to come inside (smile!).
Copyright © 2014 by Kim Sweeting, Author of “Unwalled” Blog, All rights reserved.
“Kingdom Principles Demonstrated by a Bahamian Potcake Dog (part 1)” – Copyright © 2011 by Kim Sweeting, Author of “Unwalled” Blog, All rights reserved
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