Steve Hill / 24 DEC 2014 –
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: for every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. – Matthew 7:7,8
William Jay is perhaps best known for his classic work, Mornings and Evenings with Jesus. A well-loved orator of eighteenth-century England, Jay’s thoughts on how to petition the Lord are timeless.
How are we to knock? Persistently—we cannot knock too loud. Prayer is nothing unless it be sincere and earnest. God will not regard the petition that we ourselves do not feel. Jacob said, “I will not let thee go, except thou bless me,” and he prevailed. How? With perseverance—the Lord does not always immediately appear with the answer. “I waited patiently for the Lord,” says David, “and at last He inclined His ear unto me and heard my cry.”
How marvelous it would be to truly know the power of prayer. If we could actually witness with our eyes the effect of our prayers on our circumstances, there is no doubt we would spend more time on our knees.
I am certain the reason many prayers go unanswered is due to our lack of perseverance. John Flavel once said, “According to the weight of the burden that grieves you is the cry to God that comes from you.” Let the Lord hear your cry. Don’t stop knocking.
~ Genesis 3; Matthew 3; Ezra 3; Acts 3
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