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Clergy Column: Valerie Delooze

I wonder how often you have read Luke (11:5-13) and heard our Lord speaking about persistent prayer. We should read it over again lest we forget the message he gives us.

Jesus says that prayer involves asking, seeking and knocking and that we should never give up praying. Have you ever knocked on someone’s door and. it seems like you just cannot wait any longer and then suddenly they open the door, and then you are so glad that you did not give up.

It might feel like our prayers are not being heard but they are. We should never give up praying. Our God answers prayers at exactly the right time — his time, and at the right time and in the right way for us.

We do not always see that it is the right time. Remember how Daniel was praying and praying for three weeks before the angel of the Lord came in answer to Daniel’s prayers. (Daniel 10).

Jesus never ever mentioned unanswered prayer. He always answers prayer — and always in the way that is best for us and at the right time. We just do not always recognize that.

If we surrender our life to our Lord and truly follow him, we give our lifetime to make disciples for him for the transformation of the world.

The Holy Spirit is our guide and comforter. As we walk with the Spirit in our hearts we will grow in our love for our Lord and for all his children.

We must totally give our life to the service of our Lord. Do we need to take a look at ourselves and see if we have really surrendered our lives to doing his work.

Prayer will help us to do God’s will and not to attempt God to do our will.

Have we completely surrendered to him with confession and repentance (Psalm 66:18-19). Jesus said in Matthew (11:25), — “If you believe you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”

This does not mean that you can say and do whatever you wish in whatever kind of circumstances, and ask for whatever you want. “It is always according to God’s will” not our own selfishness.

Let us look at every single day with an attitude of love and caring, and of doing whatever God had for us to do that day and to offer ourselves to him for his work.

Be persistent in your prayers. Do not give up. Do not hold on to sin your heart. Take it to the Lord in prayer.

Forgive others as he forgives you. Repent and follow Jesus and he will hear your prayers and they will be answered “In his time.”

I pray God’s blessings on you all.

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