August 29, 2015


Psalm 34:15-22; Joshua 22:21-34; Luke 11:5-13

Persistence is the key to our prayers, as Jesus informs us in today’s lesson from Luke’s Gospel. Often we are far too ready to give up when we do not get instant results from our prayers. Yet Jesus says that it is persistence—even nagging persistence—that gets a response from our Heavenly Father.

How is your prayer life? Do you think that God takes your prayers seriously? Does God even hear your prayers? According to Jesus, not only does our Father hear and take you seriously, he gives the appropriate answer or supplies the appropriate gift that is needed in your particular situation.

The key in praying to our Heavenly Father is to leave the proper response in God’s hands. It is not our place to tell God how to help us. The Lord knows us better than we know our selves. He alone is perfect and almighty, and we must trust his wisdom and his response. It is this kind of trusting faith that brings the highest and best result—because the Lord has the plan worked out before we even pray our first prayer. Thanks be to God!

Prayer: Loving Father, give me what I need to be the best servant in your world that I can be. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by Randy Conley, Pastor of Hope Lutheran Church in Hubbard Lake, MI.

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