Pestering in prayer
“Suppose you went to a friend’s house at midnight, wanting to borrow three loaves of bread. You say to him, ‘A friend of mine has just arrived for a visit, and I have nothing for him to eat.’ And suppose he calls out from his bedroom, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is locked for the night, and my family and I are all in bed. I can’t help you.’ But I tell you this - though he won’t do it for friendship’s sake, if you keep knocking long enough, he will get up and give you whatever you need because of your shameless persistence. And so I tell you, 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.”
I have a twelve year friend. She likes to spend her free time with me. In the summer she was calling me every day, multiple times a day. I would tell her I wasn’t available for a few days and she called anyway. One day she contacted me thirteen times in a fifteen minute period. I was pretty weary from her persistence and during my prayer time, I told the Lord so. His rebuke came firm yet gentle, “Candace, I wish you were more like her. How I would love for you to be shamelessly persistent like her or like the neighbor asking for bread. Unlike you, I won’t ever become irritated with your persistence. I won’t ignore your calls or avoid you.”
David Platt says, “If God were to give you all that you are begging for, what would you have? You do not have because you do not ask.” I wonder if this question convicts you as it does me? I would have very little because I rarely beg God for anything. What would you have?
Think about: Does the question inspire you to do some prayer dreaming as it inspires me to do so? What kinds of amazing things would you have if you really prayed big prayers or asked for the things you desperately want? What would you have if you were like that persistent little girl? He tells us to keep on asking and we will receive what we ask for.
Pray: Lord, I confess that I have often been lazy in my asking and in my dreaming. Please inspire me with visions of what might be. Please give me boldness to be as invasive with you as I want, to be a persistent little child in asking for those things.