Saturday, November 10, 2007

Ask and Receive

5And he said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves;
6For a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him?
7And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee.
8I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth.
9And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
10For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

Luke 11:5-10, King James Version

Ask and Receive

Rather than speaking of a specific person, Jesus tells a story to illustrate a truth. It is in the middle of the night and you and your family are sound asleep. A friend of yours comes knocking at your door asking for food. He just received word that he has company coming at any minute and he has no food. You yell, "Go to Wal Mart and get your own food." Still your neighbor keeps knocking. Finally, just to get rid of him, you get up and grab some food and give it to him.

What is Jesus trying to illustrate to us? Does it seem to you that you pray and pray and yet God doesn't answer your prayers? Jesus said, "Keep asking!" God is a God who answers prayer; it may not be the way we had hoped or thought He would, but He answers exactly in the way that is the best for us!

What about the lost?

If you come before Christ, confessing your sin to Him, and crying out for salvation, Christ will answer your prayer. Some of the most precious words in the Bible are found in Luke 11:9 and 10:

And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

Jesus always responds to the sinners prayer by saying, "Ask and receive."

God Bless You,
Linda

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