“I tell you, even though he will not get up and give you the bread because of friendship, yet because of your shameless audacity he will surely get up and give you as much as you need.”
In Luke 11, Jesus tells a story about a man who won’t take no for an answer. He keeps knocking on his friend’s door until he gets what he came for. It’s a parable about prevailing in prayer.
And Jesus honours His bold determination “…yet because of your shameless audacity he will surely get up and give you as much as you need.”
I recently just finished reading Draw the Circle (The 40 Days Prayer Challenge) by Mark Batterson. In Day 6 he spoke about the shameless audacity. He wrote; I absolutely love this depiction of prayer. There are times when you need to do whatever it takes. You need to grab hold of the horns of the altar and not let go.
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”
Matthew 7:7-8 NIV
These three words – ask, seek, and knock – are present imperative verbs. In other words, they aren’t something we do once, they are actions that are repeated over and over and over again.
Ask and Keep Asking
Even if it wasn’t your child, I’m sure you’ve at least heard this in a store: “Can I have that? Please? Pllleeeeaaaaaase?” And if the parent doesn’t respond, you hear it again, and again!
It’s irritating, right? Why do kids do that? Because it works.
Often I have found myself praying about something one time, and think that should be enough. I throw a quick prayer over my shoulder and then move on. This is wrong! Jesus told us to be persistent!
So, I started journaling my prayer points – to encourage me to continue being persistent in asking, seeking and knocking. The other benefit is that it encourages and stirs up my faith when I read back the prayers God has answered.
Don’t get discouraged.
I know we get discouraged when we ask and we don’t get it, so much so we quit asking—or think God is being mean or doesn’t hear us because He didn’t do it for us right then.
I want to propose an idea to you. What if when you don’t get it right away God’s answer isn’t, “No, you can’t have it” but instead is, “No, it’s not ready yet.” Or what if you’re not ready for it yet? Or what if it’s, “I have something better for you”?
Would it change the way you pray if you realized it may not be the right way, the right time, or the right thing for Him to say yes to that prayer? I think it might.
Today I want to encourage you to keep praying. Jesus is telling you that you are to pray. Because those who pray and keep doing it, in faith, without getting discouraged, receive answers from God.
Submit your will to Him humbly, learn what He says in His Word and ask specifically according to what the Bible says, you can ask persistently without losing heart until you get His answer.
The greatest tragedy in life is the prayers that go unanswered simply because they go unasked.