Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: Some people have the mistaken impression that you should never repeat yourself to the Lord, that having told Him once, you can forget it.
Perhaps God has at times given people such deep assurance that a particular prayer has been granted that they feel they would imply doubt if they reminded the Lord of it again.
There is nothing irreverent or unbelieving in telling the Lord the same thing repeatedly. A lover can tell the beloved "I love you" a hundred times, and it is not disrespectful; it is sweetly beautiful.
Jesus is our most Beloved One. A young boy can repeat his need to his mother or father, unless he has been told to be quiet. God is our Father. He has not told us to be quiet, but to speak.
Jesus repeated Himself in the garden. The more intense your prevailing and the more urgent your importunity, the more likely it is that you will repeat some request or phrase many times.
R. A. Torrey said that those who get beyond praying twice for the same thing have gone further in prayer than Jesus was able to go! (How to Pray by Torrey, p. 64).
John Calvin wrote,
"We must never be weary in waiting for God's help."
Oswald Chambers taught that
"repetition in intercessory importunity is not bargaining
with God, but the joyous insistence of prayer." (Bloesch,
Struggle of Prayer, p. 80)
"We are to press the matter, not with vain repetitions,
but with urgent repetitions. We repeat, not to count
the times, but to gain the prayer. We cannot quit
praying because heart and soul are in it....We press
our pleas because we must have them or die."
Furthermore, he wrote,
"Christ puts importunity as a distinguishing
characteristic of true praying. We must not only
pray, but we must pray with great urgency, with
intentness and with repetition. We must not only
pray, but we must pray again and again....Jesus
made it very plain that the secret of prayer and
its success lie in its urgency." (Bounds, Struggle of
Prayer, 60, 55).
Used by permission of the author and Duewel Literature Trust, Inc., Greenwood, Indiana
#52 Repetition in Importunityby Dr. Wesley L. Duewel
(pp. 89, 90)) Zondervan
I pray for Jesus to be glorified in our praying, I ask this in His holy Name. Amen.
Today's Bible verses-
(Luke 1:37 KJV) "For with God nothing shall be impossible."
(Phil. 4:13 KJV) "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."
(Phil. 4:13 Message Bible)- "I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ's sufficiency].
"The basis of prayer is right relationship with God. Prayer is representing God in the spirit realm of this world. It is insisting upon His rights down in this sphere of action. It is standing for Him with full powers from Him. Clearly the only basis of such relationship to God is Jesus." (Taken from p. 90 of QUIET TALKS ON PRAYER by S. D. Gordon).
To be more like Christ, we are to become aware of the adjustments needed in our own lives. Too much emphasis is placed on trying to change others. Aren't we responsible for how we act?
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