by Wilbur Lim

One of the joys of parenting I’ve come to experience thus far is having experienced my own  child’s ability to engage with us better, ex pressing different sides of herself not seen be fore. One such example was my daughter per sistently asking us for her favourite food (i.e.  chocolate ice cream). She would not stop until  we have acted upon it, instead of just paying  lip service in obliging her request. This incident reminded me of how we ought to do our  best in pursuing our requests from God.  

The passage from Luke 11:5-8 (NKJV) shows  us how Jesus taught us to be persistent:  “Which of you shall have a friend, and go to  him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves; for a friend of mine has come  to me on his journey, and I have nothing to set  before him’; and he will answer from within  and say, ‘Do not trouble me; the door is now  shut, and my children are with me in bed; I  cannot rise and give to you’? I say to you,  though he will not rise and give to him because  he is his friend, yet because of his persistence  he will rise and give him as many as he needs.” 

Another example shown in the Scripture is  from Luke 18:1-8 where the parable of the un just judge also teaches us to be persistent:  “Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show  them that they should always pray and not give  up. He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what  people thought. And there was a widow in that  town who kept coming to him with the plea,  ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’ 

“For some time he refused. But finally he said to  himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care  what people think, yet because this widow keeps  bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so  that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’” 

And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust  judge says. And will not God bring about justice  for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and  night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you,  he will see that they get justice, and quickly.  However, when the Son of Man comes, will he  find faith on the earth?” 

Therefore, let us not lose confidence and carry  on praying, for it is written in Luke 11:9-13  (NKJV): “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it  will be opened to you. For everyone who asks  receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him  who knocks it will be opened. If a son asks for  bread from any father among you, will he give  him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give  him a serpent instead of a fish? Or if he asks for  an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If you then,  being evil, know how to give good gifts to your  children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!” 

Even so, we would do well to remember Jesus’  instruction of not praying with vain repetitions  shown in Matthew 6:7 – “And when you pray, do  not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For  they think that they will be heard for their many  words.” 

Also, while petitioning for various needs in life,  let us not forget to do our part in keeping our selves upright in the sight of God as shown in the  verses of Deuteronomy 6:18a – “And you shall do  what is right and good in the sight of the Lord,  that it may be well with you…” and Matthew 6:33  (NKJV) “But seek first the kingdom of God and  His righteousness, and all these things shall be  added to you.” 

Having said the above, should I give in to my  daughter whenever she wants to satisfy her  sweet tooth? That is an entirely different matter.