My husband had a meeting in Columbus today and I decided to go with him. I knew I wouldn’t be able to get into the room at the hotel at 9 am this morning so I was content in staying in the lobby as long as I could work on my computer. When I tried to log into their WiFi it kept asking me for my room number. I went to the counter and asked the woman if I could get access to use the internet but she said I needed a room and none were available yet.
So then I tried to access the internet on the guest computer and this time there were two ways to login—using my last name and room number or through a login code that was available through the front desk. I went up to her and asked if I could get a login code. She again said that I needed a room number and that she would see if a room was available. I decided to connect my computer to their wired network so I could show her the website that asked for a login code. This time when I went to the front desk she said that she would look for a room, and she found one!
The whole incident reminded me of the story in Luke 11:5-8—
“Then, teaching them more about prayer, he [Jesus] used this story: “Suppose you went to a friend’s house at midnight, wanting to borrow three loaves of bread. You say to him, ‘A friend of mine has just arrived for a visit, and I have nothing for him to eat.’ And suppose he calls out from his bedroom, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is locked for the night, and my family and I are all in bed. I can’t help you.’ But I tell you this—though he won’t do it for friendship’s sake, if you keep knocking long enough, he will get up and give you whatever you need because of your shameless persistence” (NLT).
I really wanted to use the internet and I kept going up to the counter to see if she could help me. I felt like a “pest” but I really needed to work. In the end I was able to get into a room very early.
How persistent are you when you pray to God?
In verses 9 to 10 of Luke, it says, “And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened” (NLT).
If your prayer is for God to intervene in your life or in someone else’s life, then don’t stop praying about it— be persistent— don’t stop praying until He has answered your prayer. First Thessalonians 5:17 reminds us to “pray continually” (NIV). Sometimes it takes a few years for God to answer a prayer— don’t give up— just keep praying!