January 11, 2018 – Patience Is A Virtue – Pr. Chuck Adams
“One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples spoke to him. “Lord,” he said, “teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” Jesus said to them, “When you pray, this is what you should say. ” ‘Father, may your name be honored. May your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, as we also forgive everyone who sins against us. Keep us from falling into sin when we are tempted.’ ” Then Jesus said to them, “Suppose someone has a friend. He goes to him at midnight. He says, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread. A friend of mine on a journey has come to stay with me. I have nothing for him to eat.’ “Then the one inside answers, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is already locked. My children are with me in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything.’ “I tell you, that person will not get up. And he won’t give the man bread just because he is his friend. But because the man keeps on asking, he will get up. He will give him as much as he needs. “So here is what I say to you. Ask, and it will be given to you. Search, and you will find. Knock, and the door will be opened to you. Everyone who asks will receive. He who searches will find. And the door will be opened to the one who knocks. “Fathers, suppose your son asks for a fish. Which of you will give him a snake instead? Or suppose he asks for an egg. Which of you will give him a scorpion? Even though you are evil, you know how to give good gifts to your children. How much more will your Father who is in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”” – Luke 11:1-13 (NIRV)
I have found that Luke, more than any other of the teachers, demonstrated the importance of prayer. Luke Chapter 11 is mostly about prayer. Chapter 11 starts out with Jesus praying in His quiet space. When He was done, His Disciples asked Him, “Lord, teach us to pray”. Jesus proceeds to teach His Disciples first with the Lord’s Prayer and then with another parable on prayer. But today, it is this parable on prayer in Chapter 11:5-8, that Jesus’ message is clear that sometimes… often times, our prayers are not answered on our timing but more so, on God’s timing. When we read on to verse 9, God is clear that if and when we go to Him and ask, He will always be there for us; He will always bless us. “Ask, and we will be given. Seek, and we will find, Knock, and the door will be opened”. God our Father will always answer us and bless us. But like any good Daddy, there is a lesson to be learned and here. His lesson is patience, to always be patient and wait on God and His timing.
As many times as God has answered my prayers right away, there have been other times that my prayers were answered, but not right away, not in my timing. Yes, again, God did answer my prayers… He always does. But often times when God responds to me, He answers my prayers in His timing. On His terms. With His results. But the bottom line and truth? God always spoke to me and answered my prayers in the most remarkable way. “Patience is a virtue” is a proverbial phrase referring to one of the seven heavenly virtues. We have said or heard this so many times that when we say it, we really do not think of the meaning behind it. When people want something, they want it NOW; they demand to have it NOW. They don’t have time to wait. They don’t want to wait. They are willing to take what they can now, rather than wait, and get something better a little later. We have all been guilty of this. In Galatians 5:22-23, the Apostle Paul lists “Patience” as among the Fruit of the Spirit. God teaches us patience and often times, He will make us wait on the results to our prayers.
Father God, thank you for always being there for us, for that window for us to always come to you in prayer with our requests and always just have spiritual conversation with you my Lord. I thank you for always being willing to hear and answer my prayers while at the same time, teaching us patience during those times that our prayers are not answered on our terms, in our time but Yours.
In Jesus Name