Keep On Asking

Luke 11:9 ~ “Ask and it will be given to you.”
Jesus has just finished a curious parable about a man banging persistently at his neighbor’s door in the middle of the night, asking for an inordinate amount of bread. This is prayer, Jesus says. It doesn’t matter if the hour is inappropriate, the request is large, and the initial answer is no. True prayer means desperation outweighs protocol.
If you are like most people, you pray about a matter for a while. Then, having not heard from God, you give up, assuming it wasn’t His will to answer. But nowhere in the Bible are we told that God’s silence means “no”. If face, Jesus demonstrates to a Canaanite woman that His silence means “keep on asking” (Matthew 15:22-28). Scripture never gives us permission to drop a request because we got no immediate answer. We are to have a no-ceasing attitude to our prayers (1 Thessalonians 5:17). If God wants to show us our prayer are unscriptural or out of line of His will, He will show us. If He wants to say “no”, He will actually say it. Silence is not “no.”
Pastor Andy Lambert

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