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For How Long Do You Knock?

Day 272
Verse of the day

I say to you, though he will not rise and give to him because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will rise and give him as many as he needs.

Luke 11:8

Say you misplaced the key to your home and, having kept a spare with your neighbor, you walked up to his doorstep, knocked the door once and got no immediate response, what would you do? Would you step back and walk away thinking, “well, I have done my bit”? Or would you knock until you got a response or until you were certain no one was in – not minding the number of times you had to knock?

My guess is, you’d knock as many times as it takes to get a response knowing you’d stay outside your home with nowhere else to go.

Unfortunately, in seeking God’s face and His kingdom, many of us are never that persistent. We often don’t appear driven to possess all that God has given us, from the immaterial to the material. We ask once and cease even when we seem not to have received, refusing to stay persistent in prayers. Sometimes we even make excuses like, “asking more than once is only a sign that you have no faith.” This isn’t how the Bible puts it.

The effectiveness of a believer’s prayer, his growth, and capacity to receive from God are partly determined by his persistence. How much do you want God?

You cannot knock once and claim to have done your best. Neither are you required to knock thrice, seven or twelve times. No, you knock until the door is opened. Some days, you’d get your desire after a single request, other days, it’ll take a little more, not because God is deaf but because prayer has its place in working His nature into you. Therefore, ask, seek, knock until your need is met or until you get, at least, an assuring response from your Father who knows all that you need.

References: Luke 18: 1-8; 2 Corinthians 12: 8,9

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Today’s Confession

Dad, teach me to be persistent in seeking You. To seek until I wholly find You and I’m found of You.

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