Sunday School

February 23 – Perseverance in Prayer
Alternate Title – Ever-Persevering Petitions
Alternate Title #2 – Ask God in Prayer

Bible Lesson: Luke 11:5-13 (KJV)

Key verses: Luke 11:9 (KJV) - "And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you."

 

What shall we learn from this lesson:
Being persistent in praying for something isn't done because we believe God will forget our request or we need to remind Him or that nagging Him with our request will irritate Him enough such that He will finally grant what we want just to get rid of our bothersome reminders.

Being persistent in praying for something specific is done for our benefit. Sometimes God desires for us to really want something such that it becomes a passionate desire. Then we can better appreciate His grace when our request is granted.

Think of how passionately King Hezekiah pleaded with God—to the point of tears—to allow him to live longer (2 Kings 20:3) after God had said he would die from his affliction (2 Kings 20:1). The LORD saw his passion and his tears and extended his life by 15 years. Excerpts from 2 Kings 20:5-6 NLT tell of God's mercy and grace as a result of Hezekiah's plea:

 

"I have heard your prayer and seen your tears. I will heal you, and ... add fifteen years to your life..."

 

When Jonah was disobedient to God and found himself in the belly of a great fish, we can only imagine the desperation he must have experienced when he prayed to God. In Jonah 2:1-210 we find these words:

 

"From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the LORD his God. He said: 'In my distress I called to the LORD, and he answered me. From deep in the realm of the dead I called for help, and you listened to my cry.' And the LORD commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land."

 

Just as with Jonah and Hezekiah most of us during our lifetime have needed a favor from someone so badly that we have almost begged for it. Perhaps we needed someone to forgive us for something we have done or we were asking for money for some desperate need.

When the person we are asking senses our humble manner and desperation, they are more apt to give serious consideration to our request as opposed to someone asking casually.

God wants us to love and worship Him with passion and purpose. Jesus said the greatest commandment is (Matthew 22:37 ESV):

 

"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind."

 

When we commune with God in prayer through Jesus Christ, we should not lose track of who He is and who we are. When we ask for something, it should be within the confines of His will.

In this regard, some of the passion we have for the Lord should shine through when we ask for something specific. In other words, our request should be persistent to the point of being passionate. If we give up on our request after only a few times, perhaps we did not really want it in the first place.

 



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