Monday, January 11, 2010

Don't forget to knock... (repeated)

My husband graduated this weekend…finally! I watched him walk across the stage, shake the president of the university’s hand and receive the degree he has been working so hard for. This moment was the culmination of years of hard work and sacrifice and I found myself not only excited about this finished chapter in our family’s life but encouraged about the start of a new one. The commencement message was given by Dallas Holm, a well known Christian artist, and I’d like to share part of his message with you today.

Dallas told the parable of the friend who comes at midnight asking for food and drink to serve to his unexpected guest. The homeowner turns his friend away stating that he and his family are already in bed for the night and he can’t help him. The man continues to knock at his friend’s door knowing that he cannot go home empty handed. In time, the homeowner opens his door and gives his friend all that he asked for and more, not just because they were friends but as a reward for his perseverance.

Dallas congratulated the graduating class for their perseverance. They had all continued knocking at the door and now the door of opportunity was finally opening to them with the hope of a great future. He encouraged them to continue to be persistent especially in prayer. Dallas described persistent prayer as a boulder that you try to break with a very small hammer. You hit it and hit it with the small hammer to no avail until one day, the boulder splits. It wasn’t the strength of that one last hit that breaks the boulder, but the combination of all of the hits. Our prayers aren’t answered because we say one eloquent ‘super prayer’ but as a result of numerous faithful prayers.

As I sat and listened, I thought about my own prayer life. There were a few unanswered prayers that came to my mind that I had grown tired of asking for. Day after day, hour after hour of praying for these things have made me tired and I’ve begun to lose faith. I was interpreting God’s silence as a ‘No’ instead of being persistent. In that very moment, I vowed to dust of those old prayers and continue giving them to God. We have to believe that not only is God able to answer prayer, but that He will!

Do you have any dusty prayers that you’ve stopped believing God for? Have you interpreted a ‘Not now’ from God as a ‘No!’? Haven’t you ever delayed giving your child what they’re asking for just to see how badly they really want it? If they ask once or twice, they may want it a little but if they ask everyday without fail you begin to see just how much it means to them! It’s in that time of waiting on God that He prepares us to receive the things we’re asking Him for. He develops our faithfulness so that we can continue to persevere in His plans for us. Faith is required to persevere, and persevering builds faith…it all works for God’s glory!
Be blessed,
Jennifer

"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.” Luke 11:9-10

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