“I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.” (Ephesians 1:17, NIV)
Paul the apostle knew that we must keep asking for more in order to receive more. The once persecutor turned (profoundly wise) pillar and shepherd of the church wanted more of the Spirit, more wisdom, more revelation; he wanted the saints all throughout Ephesus to really know God better—so “I keep asking” is what he knew it would take to get there. Paul understood there was a persistence that unlocked greater depths of the limitless treasure chest that is God. He understood Him as a generous Father who would answer 50 prayers with 50 answers just like He would answer five prayers with five answers. So onward the man of God went bombarding heaven with his voice again and again.
Of course, to be clear, Paul isn’t writing about the kind of mindless repetition that Jesus described as a vain approach to prayer (Matthew 6:7). No, far from that meaningless religious charade, the apostolic prayer warrior is simply opening his heart and penning the correct approach to the things of the Spirit—a keep asking, keep seeking, keep knocking intercessory mentality in the very same spirit that our Lord taught us about (Matthew 7:7-8, Luke 11:9-10). Christ Himself is, in fact, recorded in the Scriptures as praying the same things over and over. Matthew’s gospel shows us that when Jesus was praying in the garden at Gethsemane, He “prayed the third time, saying the same words” (Matthew 26:44).
All that being said, let me encourage you today to simply heed our brother Paul’s words. Keep on asking for more so that you and those you love—your family, your church, your neighbors, your community, etc.—will come to know and love Jesus much better. Don’t give up—there are too many glorious riches and blessings in Christ to miss out on that your next prayer, and the prayer after that, and the prayer after that, just might cause to come crashing down from heaven to earth and change everything in ways far beyond your wildest imaginations.
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