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By: James River Church08/15/19

21 Days of Prayer & Fasting Devotional – Day 19: Keep On Asking!

Devotional

According to new studies by the CDC, nearly 40% of Americans eat fast food each day. This trend continues to rise as more people desire a quick meal option during their day to meet the demands of their on-the-go lifestyle. In our fast-paced society, if we’re not careful, we can put the same expectations on God as to how and when our prayers should be answered – our way, right away.

God desires to move in and through our prayer life, but his timing and methods aren’t always what we envision. Jesus provided instruction for us when it comes to how we should approach prayer. He says this in Matthew 7:7-8, “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.”

Seems easy, right? Jesus promises that we will receive when we ask, but actually receiving the answer is far from instant most times. And in the waiting, we must remember the words of Jesus and “keep on asking.” There is a pressing through that begins to take place as we ask God for what we need, and then ask him again…and again! A continuous, never-giving-up attitude begins to take root in our hearts as we press through because God desires to do more in us through the process. But we can rest assured, even when we don’t see the answer in our timing, we can be confident that God will answer!

Scriptures

Matthew 7:7-8
Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.

Matthew 6:33
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Romans 8:32
He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?

Resources

Prayer List & Ways to Fast
Prayer & Fasting Reading List