On the CBS TV show The Big Bang Theory, Jim Parsons' character Sheldon Cooper has an annoying way of getting his neighbor Penny to answer the door. He stands at her door and says, "Penny." (knock knock knock) "Penny." (knock knock knock) "Penny." (knock knock knock). Penny finally gets tired of Sheldon knocking and opens the door. His persistence gets Sheldon into Penny's apartment.
In Luke 11:5-8, Jesus tells the parable of the persistent friend who by continually knocking at his neighbor's door in the middle of the night, persuade him to get up and give him the loaves of bread that he needs to give to his visitor. In Luke 18:1-5, Jesus tells the parable of the widow who hounds a judge to get her justice from her adversary and he finally does, because he is weary of her persistence. Jesus tells us in Matthew 7:7, ""Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you."
This has an application for us in our prayer life. We are to be persistent in prayer. We need to keep praying until we get an answer to our prayers, whether the answer is "yes," "no," or "not now." Hebrews 4:16 states "Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need." So we should be bold and persistent in prayer. That shows God that we really want what we're praying for. I looked at my prayer journal this morning and I saw the date that I started it,which was 10/25/09. There are still lots of needs that I'm still praying for, and I will keep praying until my prayers are answered or I leave in the Rapture, whichever comes first.
That's all for now. See you again soon!