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Persistency Without Grumbling
Bible Passage Luke 10: 38-11:13
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2022 & books Luke, Matthew.

Persistency Without Grumbling

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached March 10, 2022

38 Now as they were traveling along, Jesus went into a village. A woman named Martha welcomed him into her home.

39 She had a sister named Mary, who sat down at the Lord’s feet and kept listening to what he was saying.

40 But Martha was worrying about all the things she had to do, so she came to him and asked, “Lord, you do care that my sister has left me to do the work all by myself, don’t you? Then tell her to help me.”

41 The Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha! You worry and fuss about a lot of things.

42 But there’s only one thing you need. Mary has chosen what is better, and it is not to be taken away from her.”

1 Once Jesus was praying in a certain place. After he had finished, one of his disciples told him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.”

2 So he told them, “Whenever you pray you are to say, ‘Father, may your name be kept holy. May your kingdom come.

3 Keep giving us every day our daily bread,

4 and forgive us our sins, as we forgive everyone who sins against us. And never bring us into temptation.’”

5 Then he told them, “Suppose one of you has a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, let me borrow three loaves of bread.

6 A friend of mine on a trip has dropped in on me, and I don’t have anything to serve him.’

7 Suppose he answers from inside, ‘Stop bothering me! The door is already locked, and my children are here with us in the bedroom. I can’t get up and give you anything!’

8 I tell you, even though that man doesn’t want to get up and give him anything because he is his friend, he will get up and give him whatever he needs because of his persistence.

9 So I say to you: Keep asking, and it will be given you. Keep searching, and you will find. Keep knocking, and the door will be opened for you,

10 because everyone who keeps asking will receive, and the person who keeps searching will find, and the person who keeps knocking will have the door opened.

11 What father among you, if his son asks for bread, would give him a stone, or if he asks for a fish, would give him a snake instead of the fish?

12 Or if he asks for an egg, would he give him a scorpion?

13 So if you who are evil know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who keep asking him!”

Approaching the climax of His ministry, on His way to Jerusalem, Jesus stopped at the house of Mary and Martha, to get away from the crowd and have some quiet fellowship. Mary and Martha, along with their brother Lazarus, lived in the village of Bethany, just outside Jerusalem.

Martha busied herself preparing a large meal, determined to provide the best possible hospitality for their distinguished guest. Probably, she wanted to do different 3-course meals with starters, desserts, and side dishes. What is your delicacy? Probably we should ask Martha to assist.

Jesus did not want a lavish meal, especially when it was prepared in such a complaining spirit as Martha showed. A simple meal was sufficient, as He was looking only for some quiet fellowship with His friends. Mary understood this, and as a result, she benefited from the Lord’s instructive conversation.

The disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray. Prayer also is a private matter. Believers do not need to make a show of prayerful zeal, as if their heavenly Father needs long and impressive prayers to rouse him to action. He is not like the lifeless idols of the heathen but is a loving Father who understands his children’s needs (Matt 6:5-8).

Jesus gave two illustrations to show His followers that they can put their requests to God confidently. Even a tired and uncooperative neighbor can be persuaded by a person’s persistence into giving him what he needs. How much more will God, who is a loving Father, supply all the needs of His children (Luke 11:5-10).

Christians do not have to beg from a God who is unwilling to give. They go to God as children go to their father, confident that he will not disappoint them or give them less than they ask.

🔷 We must offer without any comparison or murmuring

🔷 We must learn to pray aright that our Father can listen and respond

🔷 We must be persistent in our prayer to God, and He will answer our prayers


💥 Ask God to teach you what to do and pray aright
💥 Commit your needs to God

Our actions serve as knocks for God to door open doors for us. We must pray consistently, without watching back. Our God will listen when we call.

In series Bright Morning Reflections