One of my favorite childhood memory verses that I learned in Sunday school was ‘Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and the door shall be opened unto you’ (Matthew 7:7). It kept my hope alive as I went down on my knees each night with my prayer requests. I’m not the type to ask for stuff frequently so whenever I did ask for something, my mother would readily let me have it.
As I grew, I realized that things were not that simple. Prayers were not being answered as quickly as I expected. I came across the version which states, ‘Ask and keep asking…seek and keep seeking…knock and keep knocking…” and I understood that prayer shouldn’t be a one-time thing.
This Sunday’s sermon bordered on the parable of the widow who persistently asked a judge to vindicate her of her adversary. Though the judge neither feared God nor regarded man, he couldn’t help but succumb to the widow’s continuous pleas and help her out. For Christians, we know we serve a merciful God who answers before we even ask and hears us while we speak. He is faithful in fulfilling His promises to His people.
One would ask, if He is able to answer before we even ask, why does He tarry in answering our prayers? If He is such a good Father, why does He hold out on what we ask for so long? Well, it teaches us how to persevere and patiently wait for something we need. In waiting, our faith is tested and made steadfast.
No matter how urgent our requests may be, we should always remember that God’s timing is the best. That is why we are encouraged to keep on praying and believing until our breakthrough arrives. God has good things in store for His children and only those who relentlessly seek Him will enjoy the good of the land.
Is there something you’ve been praying to God about? Don’t give up; give God’s ears no rest until He comes through for you. Tell Him He’s your only hope and thank Him in advance believing it’s already done.
Source: Josephine Amoako © 2018
Inspired by a sermon from the Baptist International Worship Centre (BIWC)