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The Importance of Perseverance in Prayer

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I will preach this week from Luke 11:1-13, "Jesus, How Should We Pray?"

I came across this in my preparation, from J.C. Ryle:

“Let us resist the feeling [to gradually leave off the practice of praying] whenever we feel it rising within us. Let us resolve by God’s grace that however poor and feeble our prayers may seem to be, we will pray on. It is not for nothing that the Bible tells us so frequently to ‘watch and pray,’ ‘pray without ceasing,’ ‘continue in prayer,’ and ‘pray always and not faint.’ These expressions all look one way; they are all meant to remind us of a danger and to quicken us to a duty.”

If you are coming to Calvary this Sunday (and hey, even if you are not), I encourage you to read and prayerfully meditate over Luke 11:1-13:

Once Jesus was in a certain place praying. As he finished, one of his disciples came to him and said, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” 

2 Jesus said, “This is how you should pray:* 

“Father, may your name be kept holy. 

May your Kingdom come soon. 

3 Give us each day the food we need,* 

4 and forgive us our sins, 

as we forgive those who sin against us. 

And don’t let us yield to temptation.” 

5 Then, teaching them more about prayer, he used this story: “Suppose you went to a friend’s house at midnight, wanting to borrow three loaves of bread. You say to him, 6 ‘A friend of mine has just arrived for a visit, and I have nothing for him to eat.’ 7 And suppose he calls out from his bedroom, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is locked for the night, and my family and I are all in bed. I can’t help you.’ 8 But I tell you this—though he won’t do it for friendship’s sake, if you keep knocking long enough, he will get up and give you whatever you need because of your shameless persistence.

9 “And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. 

11 “You fathers—if your children ask* for a fish, do you give them a snake instead? 12 Or if they ask for an egg, do you give them a scorpion? Of course not! 13 So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him."

(New Living Translation)

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