This week Jesus teaches us to be bold and persistent in prayer. He talks about grace and about the attitude we should have as we approach God. Finally, he will remind us that his earthly ministry was always meant to end at the cross.
7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.8 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.9 Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone?10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent?11 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!
Teach me to ask for whatever I need from you. Sometimes I forget; sometimes I just do not bother. Sometimes I am negligent in prayer. Make the kind of person who asks, seeks and knocks. Teach me to be confident as I pray.
I know that you are good, so infinitely, incomparably good compared to me. Sometimes even I do good things for my children or for others. Why should I not be confident as I approach you with my needs?
Teach me to pray bold, confident prayers. In the very word confident I see a root implying “faith” or “trust.” Help me to have complete confidence in you.
You are good and you give good things. Make me the kind of person who prays for good things that you would be more than happy to give,
“Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they’ve got a second.” – William James, American Philosopher
Timothy had seen a lot of the Christian life. There were plenty of temptations to take the easy way out. But a life worth living is never a life of ease. If Timothy was to finish well, he would need to give 100%. This life is the only chance we have to make a difference for Jesus. How are we going to spend it?