Persistence Is Required

​So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and he who seeks, finds; and to him who knocks, it will be opened.

Luke 11:9-10 | NASB

I’ve read this verse hundreds of times. It’s used by preachers and teachers quite often. To fully understand what Jesus is saying, you have to read the parable that is connected to it in the verses before. The parable is the friend asking for bread at midnight.  The doors were already locked, he was in bed, he didn’t want his family disturbed. But, it was the persistence of his friend…asking for three loaves. Not one, or two, but three. Ask. Seek. Knock. 
The importance of all this is in the persistence. I believe God is calling the persistent to action in the days ahead. The word persistent in the Greek is made up of two words, ‘alpha’, and ‘aidos’, which translates to mean shameless. 
As I write this, I’m hearing the Holy Spirit ask: 

  • “What are you shamelessly seeking My attention for?”
  • “What are you being persistent about?”
  • “What do you so desperately need that you’ll stand at the door in the midnight hour to ask for in My name?”

He is that friend with the bread. He’ll gladly give to you. He wants your persistence. Ask, seek, and knock…the door will be opened. 

Receive it in Jesus’ name.

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