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Topic: Endurance (03/22/04)

TITLE: Keep On!
By Lawrence Farlow
03/23/04

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Iím famous for New Yearís resolutions, famous for not keeping them past February 28! However, when I began this year, I wondered what my New Yearís resolutions might look like if I patterned them after the Word of God.

With that in mind, I came across this passage from Luke. I particularly like the way it reads in the New Living Translation which captures the continuousness implied in the original language:


ďÖkeep on asking and you will be given what you ask for. Keep on looking and you will find. Keep on knocking and the door will be opened. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And the door is opened to everyone who knocks.Ē Luke 11:9-10 (NLT)

Wow! Thatís powerful stuff! Keep on asking, looking, and knocking for what? Anything I want? Not necessarily. The key is we must be asking for the things which conform to Godís Will in order to be assured of the promise in this verse that we will be given what we ask for.

This passage comes right after the disciples had asked Jesus to teach them to pray. He responded to that request with what we call the Lordís Prayer or the Model Prayer.

Is it possible then that in order to claim the promises of Luke 11:9-10 we should ask, look and knock according to the model that Christ gave us in Luke 11:2-4 (the Lordís Prayer)? If so, hereís what my New Yearís resolutions might look like:

Keep on asking that:

    Godís name be honored
    His kingdom would come soon
    He would meet my daily needs
    He would forgive me my sins and give me the grace to forgive others
    He would bolster me against temptation

Keep on looking for:

    Ways to bring honor to God
    Ways to further His kingdom
    Ways to utilize my resources that are pleasing to God
    Ways to minister forgiveness to others
    Ways to avoid temptation


Keep knocking on doors:

    Closed to the Gospel
    Hindering the work of His kingdom
    Leading to provision for myself and my family
    Preventing the forgiveness of myself or others
    Leading away from tempting circumstances and situations.

If we make honoring God and furthering His kingdom our goal, we cannot fail since we have the assurance from His Word that He will do as we ask. Thatís something each of us as believers can and should commit to regardless of what time of year it is. Are you willing to make that commitment beginning today?


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KAREN FASIG03/30/04
I'm right behind you. Keep asking, keep looking, because He never stops loving and providing.

Nice job.
Melanie Kerr 03/30/04
I found this to be incredibly challenging. I made it part of my quiet time this morning.
Dori Knight03/30/04
you haven't simply given me food for thought, you've provided a buffet. thanks!
Teddi Deppner03/30/04
I love how these biblical principles complement each other when put together (ask/seek/knock guided by the Lord's model prayer). Thank you... Good stuff!
Dave Wagner03/30/04
>> Ways to further His kingdom...<<

This means different things to different people, I know, but for me, this one is a gem. I donít have time to elaborate, but trust me, this one is a keeper.

>>...(doors) Closed to the Gospel...<<

Iím apt to believe that there is no such thing. Jesus opens the doors and closes them, according to Revelation. If a door is ďclosedĒ, then there is a reason, and to pound on it is to buck against the Lord, I think...then again, thatís just one mansí opinion.

I like this piece. It is unique, and challenging. Iím glad I read it.
Corinne Smelker 03/31/04
I agree with Dave here, this was a compelling, well thought out, and thought provoking piece
Donna Anderson04/01/04
Such a basic but, unfortunetly over-looked spiritual truth. Awsome reminder! :)
Kenny Paul Clarkson04/04/04
Well, my summation is that we have a fail-proof faith!

This was very encouraging!