When Jesus was teaching His followers about prayer, He said,
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. Luke 11:9–10
Each word more intentionally bold.
And I wonder how often I stop after an ask. How often I simply give up … when my faith falls short and trust begins to doubt.
I want to pray the way Jesus taught. I want to be bold and persistent when I go to God in prayer.
Will you pray with me..?
God, I Want to be Bold and Persistent When I Pray
Father, You call me Your child! That’s how much You love me.
I can remember how I would plead with my parents when I wanted something and I also remember how our children could beg incessantly.
And the truth is, based on my parent’s reaction and honestly, my response to my children … I wonder if we’ve all been taught to believe that bold and persistent prayers displease You.
But Jesus said…
Keep on asking. Matthew 7:7
Pray about anything. Matthew 21:22
And never give up. Luke 18:1
You told us through the apostle, John:
And this is the confidence that we have toward Him, that if we ask anything according to His will He hears us. 1 John 5:14
And it’s that part I too often forget when I’m pleading and begging like an impatient child … You always hear me and Your will is always best!
I can ask for anything … repeatedly!
Jesus gave me an example…
He pleaded with You three times to take His suffering away and each time His prayer ended with the words, “Yet, I want Your will to be done, not mine.” Mark 14:36
And for my sake, Your will was done!
For my sake!
You love me that much!
I can trust You with my prayers!
Father, I remember how I cried out to You for years over painful circumstances when one day Your gentle reply was simply, “You have no idea how I’ve spared you.”
Forgive me for failing to trust You … for foolishly believing I know what’s best.
I know what I want but You know the big picture. You see the end from the beginning and Your will is always cloaked in love.
So, I will be bold and persistent in my prayers. I will ask, seek, and knock. And I will end each prayer with the words, “Your will be done.”
Because I can trust Your love is always behind Your will, whatever You allow … whatever You give or take away.
And even when I don’t understand, I will keep praying … trusting that You hear every prayer and meet every need.
Thank you, Father, for wanting me to be bold and persistent when I pray. Amen.
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