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#33 – Friday – April 7, 2017

#33 – Friday – April 7, 2017
“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on asking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.” Luke 11:9
God’s best rewards go to those who are persistent. A Gentile woman pressed through Jesus’ off-putting comments and the disciples’ contempt, and Jesus blessed her for her great faith (Matthew 15:21-28). A hemorrhaging woman pressed through her own insecurities, a lot of social stigma, and a thick crowd, and Jesus healed her (mark 5:25-34). Zacchaeus pressed through his own ethical and physical shortcomings and a crowd to get to see Jesus, and Jesus changed his life forever (Luke 19:1-10). God seems to be drawn to those who don’t give up.
That’s why Jesus’ words about prayer, both here and in two parables about persistence (see Luke 11:5-10; 18:1-8), imply continuing appeals. With God, requests are often not a onetime transaction. They are a door into deeper relationship, and only those who will press through initial appearances or obstacles will receive what He offers.
When we seek a stronger sense of God’s Presence, we have to ask. James told his readers that they did not have because they did not ask (James 4:2). The key to experiencing God in more tangible ways is to ask repeatedly and persistently-to press through the crowded circumstances of our lives, the negative voices in our own minds, and the theological expectations of those who think we’re wasting our time.
This is Jesus’ invitation. “Ask me. Seek My face. Knock on the doors of heaven. I stand ready to open up to you. Pray and don’t lose heart.”
Jesus, I accept Your invitation. I want to prove to You that I desire Your Presence enough to keep going, to persist against disappointments and a lack of apparent results. I choose to press through contradictions until I experience You more fully.

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