The Paradox of Prayer – Joe Tolbert

Jesus in Mark 11:29 said “Therefore I tell you,whatever you ask In prayer,believe that you have received it, and it will be yours”. This scripture indicates you pray once and believe in faith you receive it once you have prayed.Many Christians say you only pray once or it is doubt or vain repetitions.”

In another parable Jesus knocking at his friend’s door for bread. “Jesussaid to them “suppose you have a friend,and he comes to you at midnight and says,”Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; a friend of mine on a journey has come to me,and I have no food to offer him. And suppose the inside answers,”don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my and I are in bed. I can’t get up and give you any thing.” I tell you, even though he will not get up and give you the bread because of friendship,yet because of his persistence he will get up and give him as much as he needs. Luke 11:5-13.

Jesus said in Matthew 7:7 ” Ask,and it will be given to you; seek,and you will find; knock, and the door will be open to you.” In the original Greek this is in the present perfect tense. In the literal greek it reads “Everyone who asks and keeps on asking receives; and he who seeks and keeps on seeking finds; and to him that knocks and keep on knocking, the door shall be opened to you.”

Jesus told of a widow in Luke 18:2-8 she came persistently to the judge for justice.
By her continual coming the unjust judge granted her request.
Jesus prayed the same words three times to the Father. If it be your will let this cup pass from me. Paul prayed three times to God to remove the thorn from his flesh before God answered. Was God and Jesus using vain repetition in their prayers by repeating the same thing over again?of course not!
In Matt.8:5-10 The centurion told Jesus just to speak the word and his servant would be healed.The servant of the centurion was healed just by a spoken word by the Master. Whereas the parable of the man knocking for the bread in the Greek is knock keep on knocking, ask and keep on asking. So which way should we pray? Just speak the word in faith praying only once? Or asking and keep on asking?

This is the paradox of prayer. Sometimes God gives a gift of faith and you know it’s answered, or just by a word spoken in faith period. God manny times puts his burden on our hearts to pray until the burden is lifted, be it days, weeks, or years. This is relationship prayer. This is where we bind our hearts with God’s heart to know how to pray. Both methods are scriptural. Relationship prayer is more intimate. It’s not a method that God looks at but our faith. This is the paradox of prayer.

Get to know God in your prayers and you will see answers come.

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