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Give Him no rest

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Give God no rest when it comes to asking for things that are according to His will. And take no rest yourself. This is what God says:

“You who put the LORD in remembrance, take no rest, and give him no rest until he establishes Jerusalem and makes it a praise in the earth” (Isaiah 62:6-7).

Being a squeaky wheel pays:

“And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor respect man, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice … (Luke 18:3-5).

There was a king who was told by a prophet to ask God for a sign, to encourage his faith. But the king thought he was being superspiritual by refusing to ask, and God was displeased:

“‘Ask a sign of the LORD your God; let it be deep as Sheol or high as heaven.’ But Ahaz said, ‘I will not ask, and I will not put the LORD to the test.’ And he said, ‘Hear then, O house of David! Is it too little for you to weary men, that you weary my God also? Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign …’” (Isaiah 7:11-14).

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Therefore it is not polite and humble to pass up a chance to “bother” God with a request. Rather, it is a sign of a lukewarm faith.

In the 1700s the village of Herrnhut, Germany, established a 24-hour prayer vigil that lasted 100 years! The fruit of it was the sending out of missionaries to many lands, and a deep influence on John and Charles Wesley and missionary William Carey’s decision to reach out to India.

My granddaughter and I prayed about two years ago that God would send her to “a school where they teach about Jesus.” So far no answer. This year she starts in a public school in Brooklyn and she told me, unsolicited, that she is still asking God for this.

Good for you, my princess, I will join you. “Give him no rest.”

Andrée Seu Peterson
Andrée Seu Peterson

Andrée is the author of three books: Won't Let You Go Unless You Bless Me, Normal Kingdom Business, and We Shall Have Spring Again. Follow Andrée on Twitter @Andreespeterson.

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