"Does God Really Answer?" - 20m:07s
Scripture Reading: Matthew 7:7-11
Asking, Seeking, Knocking
When I was a kid, my sister and I played two different roles in our family. I was the older, compliant child that pretty much went along with whatever my parents decided. My sister was the proverbial younger, stubborn child who wouldn't’t let a subject drop. I can remember her wearing my parents out asking for something, then getting punished for bugging them because she wouldn't’t take no for an answer. At the time, I remember thinking how wrong it was that my sister was clearly ignoring my parents’ responses. In the years since, however, while I still wouldn't’t agree with the behavior, I have admired her persistence.
Although my sister’s stubbornness would cause my parents a lot of grief over the years, and led my sister to spend many evenings in her room or standing in a comer, her refusal to let something drop has paid off. She just graduated with her doctorate in psychology last weekend from Regent University. Regent’s doctoral program in psychology is. a Masters and Doctoral degree rolled into one: 5 years of graduate/doctoral education after already being in school 4 years for a bachelor’s degree. My sister has been in school for the last 9 years post-high school. She moved across the country last year to begin her residency at New Mexico State University in their counseling center. She moved by herself, away from any family‘ or friends, and has spent the last year apart from her husband while completing this last phase of her doctoral work. Her and her husband, whom she met in her program at Regent, will move in a few months to the Air Force base in Columbus, Mississippi where he will be working as an Air Force psychologist. She will likely be working in the area, or for the Air Force as a civilian.
As you can tell, when my sister wants something, she goes after it. Her persistence has served her well in her life. In our text this morning, Jesus has something to say about persistence in prayer. Asking, seeking, and knocking are all different ways to say the same thing: pray like your life depended on it. Your persistence will pay off. Elsewhere in the Gospels, we see Jesus making references to individuals who bugged friends and lawyers to death until they got what they were asking. While I don’t think we can force God to give us the answer we want, I do believe our persistence plays a big part in having a successful prayer life. Let’s learn together this morning what Jesus says about asking, seeking, and knocking, and how his disciples should approach their prayer lives
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