“The LORD will give strength unto his people; the LORD will bless his people with peace.” Psalms 29:11
I have written on ‘The Blessing’, and I have much more to share on that subject. I am going to briefly interrupt that particular series because, honestly, I need to get this down in my spirit and writing helps me do that.
I have seen so much confusion about this following passage of scripture, and when I found this writing by Ken Hagin, Sr., I had to study it out and really get it in my spirit and mind! God does not want us confused, or in disagreement! There are people who are both confused and in disagreement over this particular passage, and they equate it to personal experiences and do not measure it with the full Word of God. You will always be confused, and most of the time wrong, when you do this!
I have heard the phrases, ‘praying through’, and ’pray until you touch God’, for a great deal of my life. What is praying through? Praying through should mean you pray until you become convinced God is willing to do for you what you have asked according to His word, not until you have convinced Him to stand by it. Too often the ‘old timers’ mean the last part of that sentence when they say this!
Remember faith is believing not only God can, but God will! God doesn’t need convincing! He said He valued His Word above His name! In other words, He stands by His promises readily and cannot break them. God isn’t even tempted to break His Word to you! He isn’t a liar or a con artist.
What does it mean when people say to pray until you touch God? They mean basically the same thing as ‘praying through’. It means you pray until God is touched and moved to compassion by your tears, sorrow, and pleading. This is so unbiblical I cannot believe anybody ever bought into it!
What touches God, according to the Bible, is faith! I don’t see anywhere, where the amount of tears you cry, how loud you scream, how much you beg, or the amount of times you ask Him for something ‘touches’ God. Again, you may need to pray until you are convinced, but God was convinced of His word and His willingness to give you the promises He made in the word the instant He said them!
I am taking the following from Ken Hagin’s “Prayer Workbook”. It explains this subject so well and so thoroughly. May our old ideologies that do not hold with the Bible be put to rest once and for all time!
THE PRAYER OF IMPORTUNITY
Luke recorded something about faith and prayer that neither Mark nor Matthew said. Luke talked about the prayer of importunity, that is, being persistent in your faith and in your praying. Again, so many people miss it when they hear that. They believe what Jesus is saying is this: ”You just keep on asking, and eventually you will get it.” Let’s look at this passage of scripture to see what it is actually saying.
5 And he said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves;
6 For a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him?
7 And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee.
8 I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth.
Here was a man who had a friend who came to his house in the nighttime to visit. The man didn’t have any bread to set before his friend, so he went to another friend’s house and said, “A friend has come to visit and I have no food. Please, lend me three loaves of bread.”
The second friend said, “But, I’m already in bed and my children are in bed, too.” And the Bible says, “…Though he will not rise and give him because he is his friend, yet because of IMPORTUNITY he will rise and give him as many as he needeth.” (Luke 11:8).
If you take this passage literally, then God would be likened to the friend who is in bed. However, we know that God never sleeps nor slumbers (Psalm 121:3-4). Therefore, we know this verse is showing us an analogy or a similarity to scriptural prayer because Jesus was teaching on prayer when He gave this illustration. He was proving a point.
Jesus was simply saying that even in the natural you could get results from a friend like the man did in Luke 11, not necessarily because a person was your friend, but because of your urgent request. In other words, a person might not grant the favor because he is your friend, but he would grant you the favor because of your importunity; that is, you wouldn’t take no for an answer.
Then Jesus said, “And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you” (Luke 11:9). You see, it is the importunity of faith, not the importunity of unbelief that gets the job done. However, you could just keep on begging God and be importunate all you want to, and you would never get an answer even if you lived to be a hundred years old! Why not? Because your importune praying must be in faith, not unbelief.
It is the importunity of faith that works. So believe God’s Word that when you ask, it shall be given you. When you seek, you shall find. When you knock, it shall be opened unto you!
I like something Andrew Murray said that will help you to see what I am talking about. As I said, so many people have the idea that if they keep on asking the same thing over and over again, eventually they will get their request. They seem to think that is what Jesus is talking about in the passages of Scripture we’ve covered in Matthew 7 and Luke 11. But as Andrew Murray said, it is not good taste to ask the Lord for the same thing over and over again. It is just not good taste; actually, it is doubt and unbelief.
Murray said that if you pray to God about something you’ve already prayed for and it hasn’t materialized, do not ask again the same way you did the first time. To do that would be a confession that you didn’t believe God the first time you asked Him! You could get into doubt and unbelief by asking for the same thing over and over again.
But just remind God of what you asked for if it hasn’t materialized yet. Remind Him of what He promised and put Him in remembrance of His Word (Isaiah 43:26). Remind Him that you are expecting the answer. That way you are staying in faith, and you are being persistent in your faith. That is what it means to be importunate in your faith, and this kind of praying will bring results.
You can see then that Jesus is saying in this passage the very opposite of what most people think He is saying. So don’t stay on the negative side of importunity in prayer–just asking and begging and crying and pleading in doubt and unbelief hoping that God has heard you. That kind of praying in unbelief will never bring any results.
Instead, ask God in faith according to His Word, and believe that you receive when you pray. Then be importunate in faith, continually thanking God for the answer to your prayers. That is the prayer of importunity that will always bring results!
God moves in this earth as His children pray in faith according to the principles in His Word. So pray for those who despitefully use you, and see God move in their lives for good. Pray for laborers to be sent into the harvest, and see your prayers answered as souls come into the Kingdom of God.
Never give up in prayer; never faint in your faith! As you continue diligently to pray in faith, more and more you will see God’s will fulfilled both in your life and in the lives of others!
We sold our house last Friday and moved out. One day, during my prayer time, God spoke to me and said, “Sell your house now, now, now!” Don’t laugh too hard on this next part. I went to my husband and told him what God said and he said we needed to pray about it first. I completely agreed…don’t laugh too hard! Why do we pray instead of just obey what we already know to do? To delay what we really don’t want to do is the reason we did it I believe.
Our home was paid for, beautiful, and paid for!! Love the paid for part! But, it wasn’t what we WANTED! I praise God for that house and the happy years we had in it, but God had been speaking to me for some time, it wasn’t the house He wanted to give us. There was something else and I was to believe and praise Him for it.
I have a friend that was told by several doctors, including fertility specialists, there would be no way for her to ever conceive a child. One day she cried out to God in utter heartbreak. After she had cried out to the Lord He said only five words to her. They were, “Go get your nursery ready”. It took her by surprise, and she went and told her husband what God had said. ”Well, go get it ready! We have work to do!”
This couple had not conceived a baby. The doctor’s diagnoses were not only clear, but had proven medically there was no way for her to carry a child; But God had another plan! Where there is a plan from God, even though it is impossible in the natural, there is a way in the supernatural with Him! They went out that very day and bought a baby bed, changing table, and dresser for the ‘nursery’. Then she began to decide on a theme. She found diaper holders, night lights, sheets, wall hangings, and toy boxes in that theme and she purchased them. She got her Bible and every place God led her to, to pray scriptures for a child, she wrote them down and began to pray them. In less than 3 months, my friend was pregnant with no help of in vitro! Just a few years later they tried for their second baby and God did it again!
The same is true of my situation. God told me there was a house He wanted to give me and He wanted us to believe for it. I have never been one to look at home decor. I have no talent there, whatsoever! I am not like the normal woman and want this, that, and the other for a ‘dream home’. I had never even desired a ‘dream home’! I never desired one until God told me He wanted to give me one! God will line your desires up with His if you will pray and listen. When we do that, we often want things that we never wanted before and God delights and giving those desires to us!
We put our house up and it sold quickly! The funny thing is, I began to think before we got an offer on the house, “Do I really want to do this? This house is paid for, my kids grew up here, there are so many good memories, and hubby will let me redo it the way I want it.” I went to hubby with what I had been thinking about. I was wavering in fear!
When I told him what I thought he agreed and we decided to pack the old ‘For Sale’ sign up and take it off the market. Before we could do it, a couple called and made an offer on the house, right down to the last penny we had asked! No lower price, but exactly what we wanted. What happened? God knew through our fear of change we were about to abort the plan He had for us.
To make a long story short, we sold it, and we are praying and waiting on God to tell us what the next step is. The moral of the story is don’t rethink things for God! He knows what is ahead and He delights in blessing us, just as we delight in blessing our children!
We don’t just give our children the necessities, but we love to surprise them with something they love every once in awhile! God is no different as our Father! He delights in giving us the desires of our hearts as long as they aren’t desires that come before our relationship with Him.
Have you been believing God for something? Does it seem to be taking a long time? Don’t give up! Pray the scriptures God gave you, make sure it is His will, and praise Him in faith knowing it is coming!
15 My times are in thy hand: deliver me from the hand of mine enemies, and from them that persecute me.
New King James Version (NKJV)
15 My times are in Your hand; Deliver me from the hand of my enemies, And from those who persecute me.
English Standard Version (ESV)
15 My times are in your hand; rescue me from the hand of my enemies and from my persecutors!
Amplified Bible (AMP)
15 My times are in Your hands; deliver me from the hands of my foes and those who pursue me and persecute me.