Wednesday 1 August, 2012

Luke 11:5-13

5 Then Jesus said to them, “Suppose you have a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; 6 a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have nothing to set before him.’ 7 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.’ 8 I tell you, even though he will not get up and give you the bread because of friendship, yet because of your shameless audacity[a] he will surely get up and give you as much as you need. 9 “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives; those who seek find; and to those who knock, the door will be opened. 11 “Which of you fathers, if your son asks for[b] a fish, will give him a snake instead? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13 If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

In these verses from Luke 11, Jesus is speaking about the power of prayer & how we should never stop praying.  We need to keep asking, knocking and seeking – not giving up until we hear from God.

My 4th Great-Grandfather came to Australia on the first fleet (he stole a book because he wanted to become a lawyer) and although branded a convict, God used these circumstances to change a heritage and generations to come.  Once in Australia, he was found to be of good character & a man of integrity – and was given a position in the police force.  He married a wonderful woman, and I've read that together they prayed for their family & for the generations to come, “that they would know God and walk in a relationship with Him.” I fe

el blessed to have this heritage of prayer over me…

26-years ago I prayed a similar prayer over my newborn nephew – that he would grow to know God and call Jesus his Lord and Saviour.  In January this year, he & his wife prayed a prayer of salvation together and in February they were water-baptised.  My prayer has been fulfilled – I just needed to be persistent and not give up!  My great-nephew, born in April, has come into a family of salvation and now a new prayer begins…

Whatever you are praying for don't give up!  We have a wonderful Father in Heaven who desires to give us good gifts, as this scripture refers to.  No prayer or thought is too big for Him…

Written by Ps. Mandy Miller


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