Pray without Ceasing
The Gauss household is blessed with a very persistent dog. She persistently informs you she would like to go outside, come inside, go for a walk, and be petted. But one of her greatest skills is persistently telling us it is time to feed her. With five people and one persistent pup, you can imagine that on occasion she ends up getting fed more frequently than she ought.
While I personally get frustrated with her incessant asking, I am usually truly inspired. She will ask, get fed, eat, then immediately ask again. She will ask with such enthusiasm it will cause you to question your own memory of what just transpired. I have to admit I can’t believe her courage in asking for a gift over and over, but I also must admit, sometimes her persistence pays off.
God Himself actually tells us we should be more like my dog! In Luke 18 Jesus tells the parable about a persistent widow who managed to get her request from an unjust judge. Jesus reminds us that we have a loving Father who will certainly hear and answer our prayers as well. In 1 Thessalonians 5 we are instructed to “Be joyful always, pray without ceasing… for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus”!
Over and over and over again God invites, encourages and demands that we pray, petition and present our requests to Him (Philippians 4:6). Over and over and over again I forget He wants to hear from me, about everything, all the time. I don’t NEED to; it certainly isn’t a law from God, but why wouldn’t I? Just like my dog asks every time she is hungry, we should ask every time we have worry, need, fear and joy, anxiety, anger and thankfulness. God doesn’t get tired of hearing from us or annoyed by our persistent whining. No, He cherishes every communication from His beloved children and He answers EVERY prayer.
Hebrews 4:16: “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” This season of Lent is about remembering and recalibrating our lives around what God has done. Increase your persistent communication with God and see if God doesn’t pour out even more blessing and more peace. It seems to work in my house!