Trust God to answer your prayers and bring about the changes you desire
REV. SAMUEL BOODLE
Published: Aug 01, 2013
Then he said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend, and he goes to him at midnight and says, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, because a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have nothing to set before him.’
“Then the one inside answers, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children are with me in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything. I tell you, though he will not get up and give him the bread because he is his friend, yet because of the man’s boldness he will get up and give him as much as he needs.
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 to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.
“Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in Heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
– Luke 11:5-13
I have learned over the years to be persistent. If you want to get something, you have to keep asking until you become an annoyance to the person you are asking. Even though that person might not want to give you what you ask, he will eventually give it to you just to get rid of you.
Jesus told a story once about an evil judge who would not give a woman justice. That woman would not relent. She persisted in pestering him for justice. Eventually the evil judge reasoned that he should give that woman justice otherwise she would wear him out.
There is a saying; “The squeaky wheel gets the oil.” Be a squeaky wheel. When you keep asking, you will definitely get what you request. You will get it because the person to whom you are making the request wants peace, therefore, he will give you what you want.
In the above text, Jesus’ words to his disciples are also for us today. He wants us to make requests to God and be persistent in doing so. God desires persistence.
Unlike humans who get annoyed when you make requests of them, consistently, God does not. He wants you to come before him and make your request for his blessings, for his gifts.
Yes, God will hear your prayers. He will come to your rescue. Sometimes it might seem to be inordinately long, but God hears your prayers. Many of the prophets of old, prayed for years before getting a response to their prayers. Some did not even live to see their prayers answered, yet they did not give up.
Jesus reminds us in the text that humans who are evil give good things to their children. Therefore, if humans can be generous, then God who is holy, gracious, generous and loving will do even better.
Continue to make petitions to God through your prayers. There are probably many who have been praying for their families, their children, their neighbors and their church family for years, in hopes of seeing some change. Because they have not seen any results, despondency might be settling in.
Don’t become discouraged. Don’t give up. God does answer prayers. His answer might not come when you prefer, but it will come.
I can assure you that God will not renege on his promise. Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.
I beseech you to pray constantly. Make requests to God and be persistent in doing so. He will not become angry or annoyed with you. Even though you might not see any immediate results, the Holy Spirit is at work making changes. Trust God to answer your prayers and bring about the changes you desire. Amen.
• Rev. Samuel M. Boodle, pastor at The Lutheran Church of Nassau, can be reached at P.O. Box N 4794, Nassau, Bahamas or telephone: 323-4107; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Website: www.Nassaulutheranchurch.org.