Thomas Manton was a puritan of the 1600’s and 340 years later he is still known as a man of prayer and meditation. Concerning the issue of prayer Manton said, “Though there be not an express rule particularly set down how often we should be with God,” yet God's command and call to prayer “are very large.” He also pointed out that the Word commands us to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thess. 5:17) and to be “praying always” (Eph. 6:18). This implies a continual habit of prayer. His words continue to challenge Christians that we should never be afraid to pray to God or hesitate to ask for His help. God does not have to be coaxed into taking an interest in our request. He is ready and willing to hear the prayers of His people. The Lord Jesus said, “Ask and it shall be given to you” (Luke 11:9)
I have always been amazed at the instruction of Jesus to keep on asking, seeking and knocking (Luke 11:9-10). Why is there this call to persistent prayer if God is so willing to answer? Perhaps the answer to that question lies in the fact that persistence in prayer is more about changing those who approach God. It is our lack of faith that needs to motivated by the power of God. Our motives need to be purified and our ingratitude must be challenged. Specifically, persistent prayer helps us in three critical areas.
Let’s pray together that God will grow us as a community of believers who are quick to persist in the priority of prayer.
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