Many years ago as I was making my way through downtown Atlanta, I ran into a sister from church. We exchanged pleasantries before she noticed a beautiful scarf in the display window of a boutique shop. Immediately she made a “B” line for the store.
Unfortunately, the store owner was locking the door as the sister approached the shop. The store owner pretended she didn’t notice the sister. However, the sister got the store owner’s attention and proceeded to plead, bargain and ultimately persuaded the store owner to open shop.
I stood there in amazement as I saw Luke 11:5-8 played out before my very eyes. Jesus said, “Suppose you have a friend and you go to him at midnight and say, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have no food to offer him.’ And suppose the one inside answers, ‘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.’ I tell you, even though he will not get up and give you the bread because of friendship, yet because of your shameless audacity he will surely get up and give you as much as you need.”
In the same chapter Jesus teaches that we must 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.
I was convicted of the sister’s audacity and boldness to persist until the store owner yielded to her request. In the same way, scripture teaches that we must pray and never give up for it is this kind of persistence in which the Kingdom of God is forcefully advancing. Be persistent and faithful in prayer always; you will be amazed by the doors God will unlock for you.
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