Persistence in prayer pays off!! (Especially believing persistence – persistence that clings tenaciously to the revealed character and promises of God!) Jesus said…
“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. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened … If you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him.” Matthew 7:7-11 (NLT)
There are things I’ve been praying for a long time! Things I truly believe are in keeping with the revealed will of God. Things that are honoring to Him. Today I purpose to “keep on asking… keep on seeking… and keep on knocking” in keeping with the encouraging words of my Savior and Lord, Jesus. He encourages me to continue praying persistently depending on the fact that my Heavenly Father is more willing to give “good gifts” to His children than I am to mine!
Prayer for me can never be an exercise in persuading a reluctant, stingy God! … He isn’t a God like that! I refuse to stand before Him timidly, cringing over whether or not He is willing to hear my request compassionately. I must approach my Heavenly Father as a trusting child, believing in His generosity, appealing to His willingness, and resting in the fundamental goodness of His character!