Have you heard the parable in the Bible about bread and the neighbor?
Let me refresh your mind. In Luke 11 first we are taught how to pray. The Lord’s prayer is given to us as an example of the way we should pray. We are to ask our Heavenly Father to work his will in our life, to ask for him to provide for our daily needs, to forgive our sins, to teach us to treat others with forgiveness and grace, and to keep us from falling into temptation. This is the basic outline for all prayers. Of course we can stray from these guidelines, but it’s a straight-forward way to speak to our Father in Heaven.
But then… Oh then Jesus hits us with a parable that blows my mind.
In verses 5-8 he says, “Which of you who has a friend will go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves, or 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.”
Because of his constant nagging, asking, and petitioning his friend he will be given what he needs.
And then Jesus reveals the truth and lesson behind the parable, “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 open.” (Luke 5:9-10, ESV).
Ok… so, let me get this straight: I have to ask, and beg, and plead, and essentially annoy the crap out of God and He will give me what I want?
He will answer your prayer. It might not be what you want, but He will answer the prayer.
Friends – do not give up! Keep knocking! Keep seeking! Keep asking!
If you read my post about being smacked in the face by God, you know I stopped asking, knocking and seeking. I gave up because I didn’t see results right away like I wanted, and because I let life take over.
Do not give up! Keep persevering!