Today’s reading is from [youversion]Luke 7:1-11:54[/youversion].
Often I hear people ask why God has not answered their prayers. This can always be a difficult situation since we often do not know the mind of God and what his greater purposes might be.
In the book of Luke, Jesus gives a brief lesson regarding prayer after the famous passage known as the ‘Lords Prayer’. I want to look at the lesson Jesus gave after this prayer. [youversion]Luke 11:5-13[/youversion] Then, teaching them more about prayer, he used this story: “Suppose you went to a friend’s house at midnight, wanting to borrow three loaves of bread. You say to him, `A friend of mine has just arrived for a visit, and I have nothing for him to eat.’ And suppose he calls out from his bedroom, `Don’t bother me. The door is locked for the night, and my family and I are all in bed. I can’t help you.’ But I tell you thisâ€”though he won’t do it for friendship’s sake, if you keep knocking long enough, he will get up and give you whatever you need because of your shameless persistence.
“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. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.
“You fathersâ€”if your children ask for a fish, do you give them a snake instead? Or if they ask for an egg, do you give them a scorpion? Of course not! So if you sinful people 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.”
Through this parable Jesus explains that there are times that God does not answer your prayer when you might want him to. That you need to be persistent and keep asking. It is not that God does not hear the prayer, but God wants to see how earnest your request truly is. When we are persistent it shows we have faith that God will respond. When we give up easily we show that our faith is weak, yet when we continue to ask the same request over and over, we prove that our faith is strong.
So, when we pray we should not lose heart when our request is not answered. We need to continue praying and be persistent because we know that God is good and hears his people.