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Thursday, September 8, 2016

#52 Repetition in Importunity

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)

Bounds adds, 
   "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 Importunity
by Dr. Wesley L. Duewel
(pp. 89, 90)) Zondervan

Let's pray-

    Father, we are in dire need of Your help to improve our prayer life. Sometimes we wait until we are at the end of ourselves to pray. It's a good place to get to, for then You can accomplish something in and for us. 
    May we not only pray, but see that we must pray with great urgency, with intentness and with repetition. Jesus was our great example, as He prayed often and made it very plain that the secret of prayer lies in its urgency.

    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].

Today's quote-

"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).

Our thought today-

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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