Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | January 13, 2019

“with perseverance we wait eagerly for it”

Today’s devotion comes from Luke 11:5-8.

“Then He said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend, and goes to him at midnight and says to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves;  for a friend of mine has come to me from a journey, and I have nothing to set before him’;  and from inside he answers and says, ‘Do not bother me;  the door has already been shut and my children and I are in bed;  I cannot get up and give you anything.’  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 11:5-8.

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There are many prayer requests that God grants without requiring much prayer.  We get a sense of that point from the simplicity of the following Scriptures:  Luke 11:9-13, Psalm 84:11, Psalm 34:9-10, and Romans 8:32.

But, there are some prayer requests that God does not grant without requiring much prayer.  God wants us to persistently pray for those things, because God wants to perfect us (building up our faith leading to salvation and building up our character).

“For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope;  for who hopes for what he already sees?  But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it.”  Romans 8:24-25.

“And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance;  and perseverance, proven character;  and proven character, hope;  and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”  Romans 5:3-5.

“Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.  And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”  James 1:2-4.

“In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ;”  1 Peter 1:6-7.


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