Sunday, September 28, 2014

The daily ask

S LUK 11:8-11 NASB
I tell you, even though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will get up and give him as much as he needs.    "So I say to you, 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 he who seeks, finds; and to him who knocks, it will be opened.  Now suppose one of you fathers is asked by his son for a fish; he will not give him a snake instead of a fish, will he?

O - I know context is important in scripture.  The context of this scripture in Luke , is that Jesus is speaking to his disciples and answering the question "teach us to pray" (like you do Jesus).   After teaching them how to pray for their daily sustenance, and delivering themselves from evil, he must of sensed something like,  "Jesus that prayer is to easy , it must be harder than that simple prayer"  So then he tells the parable of the the man who has a visitor who is his friend but comes at an inconvenient time.   He explains that a persistent friend who asks will receive.   If more so in the case of a son or daughter, a father will give what is asked for and needed.   This all of course is to describe the character of God, our friend and Father, but also to remind to us to be persistent friends, sons, and daughters.

A - The application for me is a quick reminder to not abandon my prayer life.   I tend to fade away in a few situations.  When things are  going good.  In long seasons of challenge.   I need to remember that daily communion with the father, through His word and through prayer,  through listening and through asking is needed to be in alignment with God's plan in and around my life.

P - Dear heavenly Father, thank you for this revelation through your word to revive my prayer life, specifically the asking and the listening.   I pray all this in Jesus name, Amen.

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