I asked Austin to guest-post on his blog again and he readily agreed. He leaves tomorrow on a mission trip to Guatemala. Please pray for the team from FPC as they serve God in Central America.
About two weeks ago Austin and I started praying about something. We were both hoping that God would speak to us in a clear way. Honestly, we were both hoping that God would speak to us in a clear way within a few days of our praying. No time to waste, right? After praying for about a week, I asked Austin if he felt any sort of answer. He didn’t. He asked me if I felt any sort of answer. I didn’t.
I was a bit discouraged. What were we to do? We decided to keep praying, although I prayed with less vigor than before. I felt a bit deflated.
A few days later, after I returned home from my own week-long mission trip, I sat down to read my Bible. Admittedly, I am fourteen days behind on my plan to read through the Bible in a year (September 1-September 1); thanks to Christmas, the flu/stomach bug, this mission trip, and a whole host of other things. So, I scrolled back to January 28 and read those verses. The Gospel lesson for the day was John 11 (NLT). It was exactly what I needed to hear.
5 Then, teaching them more about prayer, [Jesus] 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.”
I felt God calming my heart and saying to me, “Keep asking me, Sara. Keep seeking and keep praying. I will answer you in my time, not yours.” Often I am not “shamelessly persistent” before God as I pray, but maybe I should be.
I shared the verses with Austin who agreed that they were awesome. God calmed our hearts and gave us a renewed vigor to keep praying and petitioning God in this situation, knowing that God will answer our prayers. We continue to be “shamelessly persistent” before God with this situation, knowing that God will answer us. Maybe not tomorrow, and not two weeks ago like we had wanted, but God will answer us. Thanks be to God.
When have you had to keep knocking on God’s door?