The Power of Persistent Prayer…

A contradiction in the Bible?

A person might think there is a contradiction between the teaching of Jesus between Matthew 7:7-11 and what He taught in Matthew 6:7-8.  However, I am convinced that is NOT the case!

Here is what Jesus warned about in Matthew 6:7-8…

“When you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words.  Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.”

These verses address the issue of prayer as a mantra, as incantation… the mindless repetition of phrases over and over with the belief that piling up those phrases will eventually capture God’s attention!  (In fact, I can almost see the yawns of the person praying as he or she struggles to stay awake as they “put in time!”)

Matthew 7:7-11 however, encourages “engaged, faith-filled persistence” in prayer!   

“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 opened.  Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone?  Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent?  If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!”

The imperatives in these verses – “ask, seek and knock” are continuous in the original language… “ask, and keep on asking … seek, and keep on seeking … knock and keep on knocking!”  …THE HEAVENLY FATHER PROMISES “GOOD GIFTS” TO THOSE WHO PERSIST IN ENGAGED FAITH-FILLED PRAYER! 

Hey… engaged, faith-filled persistence pays off!  Know anyone who has persisted and was rewarded?  Com’on, keep on asking, seeking and knocking!  I’m going to!!!

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