KEEP ON Asking, Seeking, Knocking

Here’s the powerful series of KEEP ON Asking, Seeking, Knocking words the Lord gave about continuing to persist in faith and prayer (for those who didn’t see them on FB). Hope they bless and inspire you to continue KEEPING ON. (See also previous post on KEEP ON believing & speaking ~ the tree will fall; the rock will break)

Post from August 4, 2016 ~

I tell you, … because of his shameless #persistence and insistence he will get up and give him as much as he needs. So I say to you, Ask and keep on asking and it shall be given you; seek and keep on seeking and you shall find; knock and keep on knocking and the door shall be opened to you. For everyone who asks and keeps on asking receives; and he who seeks and keeps on seeking finds; and to him who knocks and keeps on knocking, the door shall be opened. Luke 11:8-10 AMP
(if your Bible doesn’ t say “KEEP ON asking…seeking…knocking” – The Amplified version translates it this way to more accurately convey the continuing action of the present active form of these Greek verbs). so#DontGiveUp #KEEPONAskingSeekingKnocking #Persistence

follow-up on August 9 ~

If the post last Thursday (about KEEP ON Asking, Seeking, Knocking was a word/confirmation for you, you’ll be blessed by these additional confirmations.
Saturday morning, we finally watched The 700 Club DVD we’d recently received (Victory through Life’s Storms). We knew God was continuing to emphasize this instruction for us when we heard Pat say …

Keep On Asking, Seeking, Knocking confirmation 8-6-16 from EdenReign on Vimeo.

Then today, the Lord gave me this devo:
Keep Praying

Elijah was a man just like us, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain and there was no rain on the land for three years and six months!—James 5:17

Thank God Elijah was “just like us!” …. “just like us”, yet “he prayed earnestly.” The literal meaning of this in the Greek is magnificent: instead of saying “earnestly,” it says, “he prayed in prayer.” In other words, he KEPT ON PRAYING. The lesson here is that you must KEEP PRAYING.

Climb to the top of Carmel and see that great story of Faith and Sight. After Elijah had called down fire from heaven to defeat the prophets of Baal, rain was needed for God’s prophecy to be fulfilled. …We are told that he bowed himself to the ground with his face between his knees (I Kings 18:42), shutting out all sights and sounds. He put himself in a position, beneath his mantle, to neither see nor hear what was happening.

Elijah then said to his servant, “Go and look….” (I Kings 18:43). Upon returning, the servant replied, “There is nothing there.”…”Nothing!” …But did Elijah give up? No, in fact six times he told his servant, “Go again.” Each time His servant returned saying, “Nothing!” YET, the seventh time the servant reported, “a cloud as small as a man’s hand is rising from the sea.” What a fitting description. For a man’s hand had been raised in prayer to God before the rains came. And the rains came fast and furiously….

This is a story of Faith and Sight—faith cutting itself off from everything except God; sight that looks and yet sees nothing. Yet in spite of utterly hopeless reports from sight, faith going right on, and “praying in prayer.” Do you know how to pray that way, how to prevail in prayer? Let sight bring reports as discouraging as possible, but pay no attention to them. …—Arthur T. Pierson

Each of three young boys once gave a definition of faith that illustrate the important aspect of tenacity. The first boy defined faith as “taking hold of Christ,” the second as “Keeping hold of Him,” and the third as, “Not letting go.” (Streams in the Desert)
#relentlessfaith #persistentprayer #keepon

follow-up on August 10 ~

Just yelled out so loud in amazement when I read this latest email from Evangelist Daniel Kolenda a moment ago that I scared Jesse upstairs! (sorry babe) God’s absolutely showin’ off with these confirmations now! ASTOUNDED!!! Love this so much! #WeHearYouLord Thank you!
Recently I was out shopping with my kids at our local mall. We passed one particular store where my son knows there is an elaborate toy train set that he loves to play with. He asked me if he could play with it before we left the mall, and I agreed. A few minutes later he asked again and again and again and again. The entire time we were in the mall he asked incessantly until finally I stopped prolonging the inevitable and said, “OK, let’s go play with the train.” He was elated. As we were walking toward the store, he said, “Dad, I just keep asking because I really want to play with the train. Can I have a drink?” With one request granted, he was immediately on to the next one!

I know I am not the only parent who has a persistent child. They all seem to come with this built-in quality. But believe it or not, it does not annoy me. In fact, I think we could all learn from this. Jesus seemed to think so. In Matthew 7:7–8 Jesus is teaching about asking, seeking, and knocking. But it is important to note that the Greek implies continued action, which is why the Amplified Bible translates the passage like this: “KEEP ON asking and it will be given you; KEEP ON seeking and you will find; KEEP ON knocking [reverently] and [the door] will be opened to you. For everyone who keeps on asking receives; and he who keeps on seeking finds; and to him who keeps on knocking, [the door] will be opened”.

KEEP ON asking. KEEP ON seeking. KEEP ON knocking. KEEP ON KEEPING ON. It sounds a lot like my son asking to play with the train and asking for a drink and asking for, well, everything. Interestingly enough, in the next verse, Jesus says, “Or what man is there of you, if his son asks him for a loaf of bread, will he hand him a stone?” (v. 9, AMP). Here we see that Jesus uses this type of #persistence in the context of exactly what a child would do.

One day it suddenly occurred to me, children are persistent because they have to be. They are dependent creatures. The younger they are, the more needy they are, and as such, in order to survive, they must master the skill of persistence. My son asks incessantly because he sees me as his source. If I don’t give him water, he’ll go thirsty. If I don’t give him food, he’ll starve. I am his source of shelter, of clothing, of protection, of recreation—of everything. He is persistent because he must be so to survive, and he has every right to be.

My son comes to me without hesitation or apprehension. He asks with a righteous audacity. He is not discouraged or put off in the least when I don’t immediately meet his request; he simply asks again. Each time he asks, he expects to receive just as the time before. His seeking is incredibly simple and trusting. I would say it is a wonderful example of faith.

But the older we become, the less willing people are to give us what we need simply for the asking. We must win our bread and climb the ladder of success. In order to survive, we must lose our dependency and master self-sufficiency. As we become self-reliant, we hate to ask for anything. We don’t want to be pushy or presumptuous. If we must ask for something, we do so with timidity and are loath to ask a second time. So many people make the mistake of approaching God with this dignified, grown-up demeanor. They make cautious but eloquent requests that are logical and reasonable. If they don’t see an answer right away, they either assume it was not God’s will and leave it at that, or they become offended, frustrated, and discouraged.

But the prize goes to the ones who are #bold enough to take hold of heaven with reckless #confidence. I am not talking about arrogant presumption but childlike assurance. Leave your incredible intellect, your proud rationale, and your deceptive self-reliance at the door. Come to terms with your utter and total dependency upon your Father. Understand that your sonship is the only grounds upon which you can approach God in the first place. As a son or daughter of God it is your righteous privilege to ask, and it is God’s divine pleasure to answer. Therefore, ask with audacity, confidence, and persistence.

Keep asking like a child asks a father for bread. Keep knocking as the widow before the unjust judge in Luke 18. Keep seeking as if seeking for a pearl of great price (Matt. 13:45–46). Push through resistance like the woman with the issue of blood (Mark 5:25–34). Lean into the Word like a man walking against the wind. Clamp down on His promises like a pit bull with a T bone. Place a demand on what’s yours. Give Him no rest day or night until His answer breaks through like a pent-up flood and makes your desert to blossom like a rose. If the answer doesn’t come immediately, don’t be discouraged or frustrated. With expectancy and trust just lift your eyes to the hills and ask and ask again. Keep on asking. Keep on seeking. Keep on knocking. Keep on keeping on until you receive—and you will in Jesus’s name! (excerpt from Daniel Kolenda’s book Live Before You Die)

#DontGiveUp #KeepOn #RelentlessFaith #PersistentPrayer

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