Persistence In Prayer

Several years ago, the church I was Pastor of at that time was preparing for revival. For some time, in advance of the revival, I had been praying about some things in the church. Specifically, I was praying for a change in the hearts of some people and a change in our church.
The revival ended on Wednesday night. On Thursday morning, as I was walking I was thinking about how the revival had gone. Specifically, I was thinking about the issues I had prayed about. Then it hit me… some of the issues I had prayed about had not changed but…. the Lord had changed me. My heart was different.
In Luke 11:9-10, Jesus is teaching His people how to pray. He says, “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. 10 For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.”
Jesus is teaching us persistence in prayer. He says, “Keep on asking…. keep on seeking.. keep on knocking.”
Ok, let’s get to core here… does this verse mean if we are persistent with the Lord we will get what we want. No, it doesn’t. This is how this works…
We begin to pray… and we pray and we pray… but God doesn’t grant our request. But in time, God may not grant our request, but God changes our hearts. Over time, God’s Holy Spirit works in our lives and perhaps helps us to see that what we are praying about is wrong. Ok, God did not grant our request but, God changed our request. Still, the prayer was answered.
Is there something you have been praying for a long time? Keep praying. God will either grant the request or, God may change our hearts.

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