Tag: importunity in prayer
Scripture reading for October 25th: Luke 10-12
“One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When He finished, one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.”” Luke 11:1 Jesus was a man of prayer. He always spent time communing with the Father to determine what He was to do and where He was to go. The disciples often watched Him pray and one was curious enough to ask Him for help. I don’t know about you, but I could use some help learning how to pray more effectively!
“He said to them, “When you pray, say, “Father, hallowed be Your Name, Your kingdom come, Give us this day our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation.” (Luke 11:2-4) These simple instructions were not meant to be used as a prayer to be said by memory. Jesus was teaching them principles of prayer. First, God is our Father and is holy. We should show Him reverence for His position as Father and because of His holiness. Another principle is that we must submit our will to God’s kingdom. We are to be praying more in submission to God than demanding God do what we want.
We are to ask God daily for our needs to be met. God is the source of our daily bread that sustains our physical life, as well as our spiritual nourishment in Jesus Christ. We are dependent people who humbly recognize our need of God’s provision. We especially need forgiveness of sins. Jesus notes that we must also willingly forgive those who have sinned against us. We also need help avoiding temptation and must ask God for it. We are very dependent on God’s grace and help.
We are to go after what we need from God by persistent asking and knocking! “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened.” (Luke 11:9-10) The Amplified Bible translates the verbs in the continuous sense of “ask and keep on asking; seek and keep on seeking; knock and keep on knocking.” Prayer is so important for us as children of our Father! We must humbly ask Him for all our needs and be persistent! PUSH: Pray Until Something Happens!