Importunity in PrayerBro. David Chancellor
4/21/2002 6:00 PM
"He spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint." Pray without fainting. Don't reach the point where you slack off. Keep coming until the prayer is answered. God is not like the unjust judge. Our desire in our prayer should not cool off. Will he find faith? Will he find people seeking out the presence of God to the end?
"Importunity" - He again uses a picture of someone asking and being refused, but the one gives because he just doesn't want to be bothered anymore. The point here impressed is that God is ready to give. The emphasis is placed on our desire. For many people, prayer is a recitation, not the expression of a heartfelt desire. Prayer needs to be the cry of a heart. We need a desire within our heart that cries out to God. The Spirit gives utterance to things that maybe the mouth can't say. The prayer with desire in it pleases God. The desire makes the prayer. We need the desire to see God's power on display.
Our country is one where competition is emphasized. Each one is trying to get theirs. The environmentalists think there are too many of us. God has provided enough to go around. Not every one is doing what God would have them do. "Ye have not because ye ask not..." Many times people do without the blessing of God because they don't desire enough to ask. Much of humanity does not pray because they have no desire. Words said with no desire accomplish nothing. We need to desire so as to reach out to God for the answer. There is also wrong desire. The cry of our heart should be that God's will be done. We don't want anything that won't accomplish his purpose. What is the desire? We should desire that God be glorified, that his mission be accomplished (that others find God). Our desire (and faith) makes the prayer. Many fail because they aren't moved by that strong desire. Will we be a people of such desire for God that we just pray on despite discouragement? There is no place to let up in your desire for God. If we start and end our day with a desire for God, it can have an impact. Many in the world need an intercessor. Is any one interceding for them? How many will find God? Who desires them to? Prayer doesn't have to be a dry formal thing. We should have a genuine desire in our prayers. The power of prayer is from the heart that is moved. Hearts are touched by a heart-felt prayer. Get moved enough to reach out to God.
The message of importunity is not that you must wrestle it from the hands of God, but to go to God because he wants to give it to us. It is his good pleasure to give you the kingdom. He is more ready to give than you are to ask. It is not just a duty or responsibility, but it is the outpouring to God of the desire of our hearts. Prayer is based on a desire. There needs to be a greater desire for souls. They are headed for destruction. May we be touched until it brings us to our knees.