DO NOT PRAY ONLY WHEN IN CRISIS, BUT CONNECT DAILY WITH JESUS
TITLE: DO NOT PRAY ONLY WHEN IN CRISIS, BUT CONNECT DAILY WITH JESUS
“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. 10 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and the one who knocks, the door will be opened. 11 “Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13 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 11:9—13)
Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished praying, one of his disciples approached him and said, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples to pray. Jesus taught his disciples about the principle of prayer. He illustrated how prayer works by sharing a story. Supposed, you have a friend, and you go to him at midnight, and you bother him to give you some bread because you have a guest and you don’t have any bread to give him. And suppose the one inside said, don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children and I are in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything. Jesus continues, EVEN though he may not get up and give you any bread, BECAUSE OF FRIENDSHIP, YET BECAUSE OF YOUR SHAMELESS AUDACITY, Y he will surely get up and provide you as much as you need.
The friend in this story may not move to help his friend out of the relationship, but because of boldness, persistence, courage, and fearlessness, this will move him to get up so he can get his friend what he needs and go back to bed.
The friend’s persistence did pay off when his friend got up and responded to him. Jesus taught his disciples what the attitude of a prayerful person should be like. “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; THE ONE WHO SEEKS FINDS, AND TO THE ONE WHO KNOCKS, THE DOOR WILL BE OPENED.
The principle of prayers is ASK, SEEK AND KNOCK. The idea behind this is NOT just to ask one time for emergency needs, but to keep on asking, keep on seeking, and keep on knocking. It is for us to pray emergency prayers and pray without ceasing.
Another important aspect of prayer is “WHAT ARE YOU ASKING, SEEKING, AND KNOCKING FOR? Everyone desires something. We all want something that we hope will bless our lives or help us have more. Many uses prayers to get what they want. People desire many things and conflict and battle with these desires. The apostle James wrote: 2You desire but did not have, so you kill. You covet, but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. 3When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.” (James 4:2—3).
The point of prayer is NOT just on the EMERGENCY level, nor should it be consumed on our selfish desires, but to be in CONSTANT CONNECTION with the Father. THE MAIN FOCUS OF PRAYER IS NOT JUST WHEN WE NEED GOD TO DO SOMETHING FOR US BUT TO BE CONSTANTLY CONNECTING IN RELATIONSHIP AND FELLOWSHIP WITH HIM.
Jesus asked his disciples which one of their fathers would give him a snake instead. Or if he asks for an egg, will he give him a scorpion? If you EVIL Father’s know HOW TO GIVE GOOD GIFTS to your children, HOW MUCH MORE WILL YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER GIVE THE HOLY SPIRIT TO THOSE WHO ASK HIM? The point of keep on asking, keep on seeking, and keep on knocking is not about the PROVISION OF PRAYER, BUT ABOUT THE POWER OF PRAYER that comes from the Holy Spirit.
People ask for PROVISION ONLY that is given, and then they will run out. People use their NEEDS ONLY to Connect with God, and when their needs are met, they forget God until another emergency arises. Prayer is not to put out our troubles in life. PRAYER IS TO BE CONSTANT THROUGH THE HOLY SPIRIT SO WE CAN ALWAYS come to the Loving Father who KNOWS what we need and will supply.
The point of Jesus “GOING TO A CERTAIN PLACE TO PRAY” where his disciples found him wasn’t just because HE WAS IN NEED, BUT BECAUSE HE WAS JUST IN COMMUNE WITH HIS FATHER. HE WAS CONNECTING NOT ABOUT NEED BUT ABOUT BEING WITH HIS FATHER.
I will continue to learn how to connect to my heavenly Father, not because of my needs only, but to be in constant relationship and connection with him. I need Christ more than his provision.
Jesus, thank you for opening my eyes to see that prayer is not about when I am in emergency moments but to be in a constant connection with you. I know that I often come to you only when I need you, but help me come to you so I can just be with you. Teach me to be in close connection with you. I need you, and I ask that you continue to draw me closer and closer to you in every aspect of life. Thank you, Lord. Amen!