Importunity (Or Perseverance)
Jesus, You left record in Your Word for us to see the importance of being consistent in prayer. See Luke 11:5-8 (Message Bible).
“5 Then he said, “Imagine what would happen if you went to a friend in the middle of the night and said, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread.
6 An old friend traveling through just showed up, and I don’t have a thing on hand.’
7 “The friend answers from his bed, ‘Don’t bother me. The door’s locked; my children are all down for the night; I can’t get up to give you anything.’
8 “But let me tell you, even if he won’t get up because he’s a friend, if you stand your ground, knocking and waking all the neighbors, he’ll finally get up and get you whatever you need.”
How much more will our Heavenly Father grant us our heart’s desire if we would but stay before Him?! Ask Him for what you desire and then trust Him to respond to your request.
A Prayer written by Pastor Teresa Miller
6 He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen. Come, see where his body was lying. 7 And now, go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and he is going ahead of you to Galilee. (Matthew 28:6, 7 NLT)
In a few days we will be celebrating Resurrection Sunday. This is to commemorate the risen Savior, Jesus Christ our Lord. Over two thousand years ago the Divine One who was without sin, entered this sinful world to die on our behalf. He became flesh to make the great exchange that none of us was qualified to make. That great exchange was to die a horrible death on Calvary’s cross in order that we may have eternal life.
For hundreds of years before Jesus’ death, people would have to sacrifice animals in order to obtain forgiveness. Although animal’s blood was used to cleanse a person or nation from their sins, this was only a temporary solution to a major problem. God knew that the only solution to solve this major problem, which is sin, was to send His only beloved Son who was without sin to die for humanity.
The Bible tells us that God could not find anyone on earth who was worthy to accomplish this great exchange. Jesus was the only individual who was and still is worthy to accomplish that mission. He was the only one qualified to die on our behalf. He was holy, sinless, and divine. His blood was not a temporary fixed like the blood of the animals. His blood that was shed once for all of us was a permanent solution for sin.
Commemorating the death of Jesus should not be a solemn occasion for us as Christians. This occasion calls for celebrating, what are celebrating? We are celebrating the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We are not serving a God that is dead, we are serving a God that is alive and lives within us!
I personally thank God for sending His only Son into this world to die in my place. He paid a price that I could not pay and I am forever grateful. I will never be able to comprehend the anguish, pain, and torture He endured during His final hours before His death. But I am extremely thankful that He was thinking about me while on that cross. Jesus, I thank you for shedding your precious blood on Calvary over two thousand years ago in order that I can have eternal life. Thank you!
Missionary Judith Gilzene Moodie