Do I believe that God wants to give me good gifts, and am I persisting until I receive them?
7 "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. 9 "Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!
INSIGHT: An old friend told me that he was told by his pastor that if he keeps asking God for something in prayer, that he is pestering Him and that it shows he didn’t have enough faith to believe him the first time he asked. If that’s your belief and practice, you will be relegated to receiving only common grace, available even to sinners (Mat 5:45). Relationships are about asking and receiving, giving and taking. God wants us to ask, and to keep asking, because it means we are spending time thinking about and focusing on Him. Anything you acquire through faith and dependence on Him brings Him glory.
You can rest assured that when God answers my prayers regarding my children, my future wife, and the fruit in this ministry, He will have been bombarded with hundreds of prayers about each.
UPDATE: (This part is not written in the book, but I'm sure you've already seen by now that my hundreds of prayers about my future wife have been answered...PRAISE GOD for His amazing faithfulness!).
It has been my delight to repeatedly petition Him about these and other important matters in my life. I know by faith and experience that God cares about the needs and the desires of His children, and I also know by experience that He delights in our coming to Him over and over, engaging Him in relationship. How do you think it makes God feel when we come to Him exclusively and repeatedly about our needs and desires, rather than to the world or someone else? It also delights Him to see us interceding for the needs of others.
When combined with Lk 11:8 and Lk 18:1, we can see Jesus wants us to pray by asking boldly, continually, and never giving up. This not only strengthens our faith, but builds our relationship with God, as we spend time with Him, in prayer. If you want to be inspired to pray like never before, listen to the sermon Charles Spurgeon preached on August 12th 1860, entitled “True Prayer, True Power”, on YouTube. It’s the best I’ve ever heard on prayer.