“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”
Luke 11:8 NLT
The previous verses to this one tell us the parable of a man who went to a friends house at midnight to borrow a few loaves of bread. He had a surprise visitor show up and apparently had nothing to feed him, and I guess three loaves of bread would have done the trick!
Now, if someone came to my door at midnight asking for three loaves of bread to feed their friend I think I might turn them away too, a girls gotta sleep.
But the scripture referenced tells us that he might not get up and open the door because of your friendship, but he will do it if you are shamelessly persistent.
The chapter goes on to tell us to keep asking, and we will receive. Keep seeking, and we will find. To keep knocking, and the door will be opened for us.
We must ask, and ask again. Keep bringing your needs to the Father, keep calling out names in prayer and always be shamelessly persistent! What miracles are just around the corner, if only you ask one more time?
God, I bring my needs to you one more time today. I call out the names of my children and lost loved ones to You today. I cry out for a financial miracle. I ask for protection.
“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.” Matthew 7:7, NLT
Most of us have things we have been asking God to do for many years and have still not had the answer we would like. It could be a loved one who is not serving the Lord. Often it seems the more we pray, the less desire they seem to have to make a change in their life . According to this verse, the Lord has heard our cry from the beginning and if we will just keep faithful in asking, eventually the door will be opened.
Years ago I remember listening to a minister at a Camp Meeting preaching about the woman who came to the judge asking for something. I can still remember him repeating, “She came every day.” Eventually he heard her cry and gave her an answer.
Sometimes the Lord answers a prayer right away, but many times we must wait. It may be to test our faith and see if we really believe that He will do it. Maybe that the thing we are praying about is not what He really wants for our lives. But I believe that when we are asking in His will, that He will answer when the time is right. So, we should never give up, just keep on asking and believing until we receive what we want from Him.
Prayer: Lord you know what we need before we ask, and we trust you to give us the right answers to the prayers and requests we bring to you.
Devotion by Anne Johnston
Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. (Revelation 3:20 Holy Bible King James Version)
I ran my fingers along the left and right arrows next to “Open Here” on the translucent cover of a ream of printer paper. I twisted and poked. Nothing budged. In my frustration, I dropped the package. When I picked it up, my hands were on the opposite end. Another set of similar arrows and instructions: Open Here. When I touched the sealed place, the package opened immediately. There was no need to search for a sharp instrument to cut the cover when I found the right place—the door—to success.
If you can’t find Jesus, maybe you’re looking at the wrong end of things. Maybe you’re overanalyzing. When you hear His voice, open the door. He will take charge after that.
Prayer: Thank You Lord for knocking on my door. Welcome. Amen.
Devotion by Violet Carr Moore