Thursday, August 1, 2019

The Benefit of Persistent Prayer

By Mary Vee
Luke 11 


My name is Peter. 

Only moments ago, Jesus taught us the way to pray. I shared his instructions the last time I wrote. You can scroll down to read it.

After He finished the prayer, Jesus told us a story. He often did this before teaching a principle.

Jesus said, "Suppose one night, a friend came to your house after traveling on a long journey. You open the door and welcome him.

But you soon discover you have no food to give your guest.

You walk to your neighbor's house. He also is a good friend. You knock until the neighbor calls out, 'What do you want?'

"'Please,' you say, 'I have a guest who only just arrived after a long journey. I have no food to give him. Loan me three loaves of bread.'

"The neighbor answers, 'Go away. Don't bother me. The door is locked for the night. My children are in bed. I can't get up to give you anything.'

Photo by Mary
Land near Jerusalem
"Even with all of these excuses, the neighbor finally opens the door and shares three loaves of bread.

"He didn't do this because the one who asked was a friend. He gave the bread because the one who asked continued to ask.

"So I say, Ask and it will be given, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you."

Jesus explained what He meant by that teaching. I will share what he said the next time.

Come back to read the next story.

*Author of blog's note: If you have questions, please feel free to leave them in the comment section. I will see them and will answer as best I can or direct you to a source.


*A Harmony of the Gospels for Historical Study, An Analytical Synopsis of the Four Gospels by William Arnold Stevens and Ernest DeWitt Burton, Charles Scribner's Sons, New York 1932
*New International Version, New King James Version. 
*My Bible College training.
*My notes and walk through classes I've taught in Children's church. Answers to student questions, etc.
*Pastoral sermons on this time
*Matthew Henry Commentary
*F. LaGard Smith Commentary
*My notes from my trip to Israel.
*Photos from my trip to Israel.

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