Ask, Ask Again, Ask Some More

I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth.  And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.  For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

Luke 11:8-10

This whole passage of Scripture is all about prayer.  It starts with the disciples asking Jesus to teach them to pray, continues with Jesus giving them “the Lord’s Prayer,” and ends with a parable about prayer.  In the parable, a man needs bread and goes to his friend at midnight.  The friend has no desire to get out of bed, but because the man just keeps coming, he finally obliges and gets him the bread.  That is the idea of verse 8.

In verses 9 and 10, Jesus gives us a great promise that many people have claimed over the years.  He tells us to ask, seek and knock.  If we will do those things, He will cause us to receive, to find and to have the door opened.  The promise is right there.  God’s Word does not lie.

If we want to have prayers answered, we are first going to have to pray.  If we don’t find an immediate answer, we need to pray again.  And then we need to keep praying until we get an answer.  Sometimes that answer will be a “no.”  But if it is, we will know.  It sounds elementary, but we can’t receive answers to prayer if there are no prayers.  We have the promise of answers if we will only pray.  How are our prayers today?

4 responses to this post.

  1. Thanks for sharing, Ben

    “We have the promise of answers if we will only pray. ”
    You have a way of making simple truths come to life in a very significant way….thanks for stirring the think-tank!



  2. Oh Ben . .. I never really thought of it this way. Thank you and God bless you as you pray!


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