“God delights in the holy boldness that will not take no for an answer. -R. A. Torrey”
In the last series, we look at being importunate about our prayer by keep making our request known to God until he get what we desire of Him. We shall continue this series by looking at
- BEING IMPORTUNATE IN PRAYER IS AN ACT OF FAITH.
Not taking a no for an answer is very important in prayers and first we must know that it is God’s will to answer our prayers.
Luke 11:5 And he said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves;
11:6 For a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him?
11:7 And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee.
11:8 I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet BECAUSE OF HIS IMPORTUNITY HE WILL RISE AND GIVE HIM AS MANY AS HE NEEDETH.
You see, he won’t answer his friend even for friendship sake but because he stays at the door to keep asking for his need, he will answer him. The Bible says “because of his importunity he will rise and give him AS MANY AS HE NEEDETH” we must understand something about what Jesus is saying that this is the same way He will answer us not just as a friend but because we keep on asking Him for it. That’s why Jesus said
11:9 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
11:10 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
Finally, the woman that came to meet Jesus for her daughter to be healed. Jesus answered her in a way that normally any one will turn back from Jesus that maybe Jesus is not willing to answer them. But she stood on her request taking the insult where Jesus said, it is not meet to give what belongs to the children to dogs
Matthew 15:21 Then Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon.
15:22 And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil.
15:23 But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us.
15:24 But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
15:25 Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me.
15:26 But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs.
15:27 And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.
With this her intense request, it was said of Jesus that great is her faith.
15:28 Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, GREAT IS THY FAITH: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.
So we see that what she did was an act of faith and not of doubt.