Luke 11:1, 8-10 “And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples … I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth. 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.”
Philippians 4:6 “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”
Hebrews 4:16 “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”
Genesis 32:26 “And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.”
There are eternal ramifications to our prayer life. This important truth applies to our prayers about our individual situations, our families, our friends, our churches, our workplaces, our schools, our communities, our states and our nation! Any victory is a direct manifestation of God’s power, but we must never forget that He is moved by our importunity. And, the victories we do experience in certain situations should powerfully remind us of our need for persistent prayer in other situations.
God calls for us to let our requests be known unto Him. He directs us to come boldly unto His throne of grace. He tells us to ask, seek and knock. And the results, in His perfect timing, are for our asks to result in gifts, our seeking to result in finding, and our knocking to result in opening. Yet, it may not happen immediately or easily. It may mean that we have to wrestle with Him without letting go.
Implementing importunity means to be persistent to the point of annoyance. It means that we are not to stop. It means that we are to ask, and seek, and knock and wrestle until He blesses us in accordance with His will.
Sometimes it may require us to pray faithfully and fervently for days, or maybe weeks, or maybe months, or maybe years. Maybe it will require us to pray faithfully for 49 years. But, God tells us that because of our opportunity, He will rise up and give to us. The important circumstances in our lives are certainly worth such prayer. So are the various situations in our families, with our friends, in our churches, in our workplaces, in our schools, in our communities, and in our states. So is the situation in our nation!
PLEASE PRAY FAITHFULLY AND FERVENTLY FOR OUR NATION … DO SO WITH IMPORTUNITY! As we pray, we are wrestling with eternal ramifications. In doing so, we can expect to see God’s power as a direct manifestation of our importunity.
ADMIN: There will not be a PLUS post next weekend, but please continue to faithfully and fervently pray for revival in our land. Pray with importunity!