“And so I tell you, 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 to you.” Luke 11:9
That does not mean that one needs to be persistent because God is reluctant to give. The point of the parable is not that God, like the person in the house, must be persuaded to give. Just the opposite. One needs to be persistent because God longs to give good gifts to his children, and he is sure to answer. (Schreiner, T. R.)
Go ahead and ask what’s on your heart: beg, call for, crave, desire...
But keep it positive, don’t spend time with God only focused on the negative.
Don’t forget, he doesn’t give you whatever you want! But if you’re in his will and connected hearing the Holy Spirit. God fulfills his will through your heart’s desire when your heart’s desire is to know his will and do it.
Pray for that person with a hunger and passion trusting God is going to bring healing and restoration. Ultimately your heart needs to be aligned with God’s will. Desire his will more than yours.
A Beautiful Garden of Prayer by James Henry Fillmore and Eleanor Allen Schroll:
There’s a garden where Jesus is waiting,
There’s a place that is wondrously fair.
For it glows with the light of His presence,
‘Tis the beautiful garden of prayer.
In my own life, and what I’ve often heard from others, “I’ve got nothing left but to pray...”. When are we going to stop treating prayer as a “last resort?" It should be the primary way we work on change for ourselves and others.
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