Persistence by Dr. Ed Young

PERSISTENCE
H. Edwin Young
May 23, 1993
Luke 11:5-13

If you could ask the Lord for one thing, what would
you ask for? Blank check. What would you ask for? Most
people, I guess if we took a survey internationally,
would say: We'd like to be happy. Others would say:
I'd like security. Others would talk about a job. Some
would say a vocational word. Some would say a word
about their husband or wife or their family. If you
just had a blank check from God and you could ask the
Lord for one thing, what would you ask for? Perhaps we
could vote and have a lot of different answers.

But I do believe that perhaps the wisest thing we
could ask for would be what this unknown apostle asked
for, and that is when he looked at Jesus and said,
"Teach us to pray." You say, Well, why is that such a
wonderful thing? Let me tell you something: if you and
I could discover what God is about in this whole world
and if you and I could discover what God is about in
my life and in your life, we'd have it made, wouldn't
we? Everything would make sense. Everything would fit
together. To find out what God's doing in the world
and to find out what God is doing and wants to do in
your life, what else is there? That's it. And that's
what happens, the Bible teaches us, when we pray. And,
therefore, when this apostle said Lord teach us to
pray, it was such an important, valid request.

Now, let me say something in the beginning. I'm not
going to put any of us on a guilt trip. I think
everybody here would say, Lord, I don't pray the way I
ought to; I don't pray long enough; I don't pray
enough; I don't understand all that. We could have a
whole long recital of confessionals, and I don't think
many of us would stand up and say, Lord, I'm praying
exactly the way I want to, exactly the way I need to,
I've got this thing about prayer just made, I've got
it all worked out. Anybody who would say that, there's
something wrong with yo ...


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