Friday, March 26, 2010

Persistent Prayer

Good evening to All!

Well, the Give-Away has come to an end, and I would like to congratulate the 3 winners:

Diane at Webb Daily Devotions

Molly The Snyder 5

Lynette at Crazed Mind

I hope y'all enjoy the book as much as I did. It was a very "thought provoking" book.

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Persistent Prayer

Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said: "In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared about men. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, 'Grant me justice against my adversary.'

For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, 'Even though I don't fear God or care about men, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won't eventually wear me out with her coming@'" And the Lord said, "Listen to what the unjust judge says. and will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly." Luke 18:1-18

I myself used to think that if I kept going to God with the same request or plea that He would get tired of hearing me and turn a deaf ear, or do like some parents and finally "put His foot down and say no, just because He was tired of me. Thank goodness, I decided to get serious about my relationship with Him and delve into His Word and truly find out how He feels about persistent prayer. Imagine my surprise to learn that He likes it. That He never tires of hearing from us. That was music to my ears. I wish I would have known that years ago when I was praying to have children. I would pray for a while then stay silent for a good while thinking God "needed time to think about it", then I would pray some more. This was in my "hit and miss" Christian days, when I "called myself a Christian because I "believed" in God, but didn't LIVE for Him. I didn't want to know that much about Him, I thought I knew enough. Boy! Was I Wrong! Even though I went to church when I was little, I didn't realize what a "relationship" with God was. I knew what Jesus did for me, "but that was history". Anyway, back on track. Praying is so important. The Bible tells us that God is a jealous God, so that tells me that "He wants all the attention, and after all, He definitely deserves it. How many people do you know that would die for you, and your descendants? I don't think showing Him love by paying attention to Him, asking for His help, and Worshiping Him is asking too much in exchange for what He gave up for us. The Bible also tells us to Ask Anything in His name and It shall be given unto us (see last night's post) but this means: when we have begun a relationship with him, and start focusing on Him we begin to seek HIS will, and wanting to please Him more and more. In turn, we begin to think in terms of what He would like, entering into HIS will. Then God will give us what we ask in HIS name.

So many people for some reason have the mistaken idea that whether they become close to God or not, that this verse means He will give them what they want, then get angry at Him when He doesn't. Really, I feel sorry for the misinformed. They are missing out on such a wonderful experience in having a loving relationship with our LORD and Savior. If people would make a conscious effort to start praying more, and be persistent about what they are asking, they would not only receive what they are asking for, (or at least get an answer as to why God doesn't want them to have it) they would find themselves in a much closer relationship with HIM. They would be amazed.

Good Night and May God Bless!


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