Carey Lewis Devotions
Tuesday, September 6th, 2011
Ask Again And Again
I tell you, even though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will get up and give him as much as he needs.
Luke 11:8 (NAS)
How many parents cave in to repeated requests from their beloved children?

Talented salesmen use the same approach. It's not just about the ask; it's about persistent asking.

Today's verse comes from Jesus' parable of a 'Friend in Need' (Luke 11:5-13). In it, a householder is awakened after retiring by a friend asking a favor. The householder is not pleased with his timing, but because of his friend's persistence, he gives him all he wants.

The conclusion? 'For everyone who asks, receives; and he who seeks, finds; and to him who knocks, it will be opened' (Matthew 7:8).

Repeating this success strategy is the parable of 'The Persistent Widow' (Luke 18:1-8). She begs help from a judge who 'Did not fear God and did not respect man.' He finally grants her request, but only because her persistence annoys him.

The conclusion: 'And will not God bring about justice for His chosen ones, who cry out to Him day and night? Will He keep putting them off?' (Luke 18:7).

'He was telling them a parable to show that at all times they ought to pray and not to lose heart' (Luke 18:1). Not only does Jesus expect us to ask for what we want, but we should persist in asking.

Actors, models, and talent for Christ: persist in asking for an agent, a job, a break, good advice, or necessary help. Persist with God and man.

Shouldn't asking once be enough? Perhaps God is testing our patience, desire, fortitude, or faith. Perhaps the timing wasn't right the first time(s). Whatever His reasons, remember the lesson: keep asking.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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