by Dr. Charles Stanley
Sunday March 12, 2006
The Struggle with Doubt
In addressing those times when our doubts weigh so heavily that we border on losing hope, Kay Arthur offers encouraging words:
"What do you do when you become weary in prayer, despairing of ever seeing God answer? Do you give up? Write God off as being deaf, uncaring, or not true to His Word?
"Oh, Beloved, don’t write God off. Don’t quit. Don’t lose hope. In Luke 11:1-13 Jesus tells us to persist until we see the answer. We are to keep on asking until it’s given to us. We’re to keep on seeking until we find it. We are to keep on knocking until the door is opened. Ask, seek, and knock are all present tense verbs here in the original Greek, which means that they speak of continuous or habitual action. Therefore, if we believe Jesus means what He says, we’ll do what He tells us to do.
"One of the major keys to answered prayer is persistence…
"The problem is, we’re an impatient people. We don’t like to wait. When our prayers are not answered right away, then we’re eager to take things into our own hands and try to do what, in reality, only God can do. And when we get impatient and do it our way, we mess up!
"If there is a delay in the answer, you can be sure it’s because God has a purpose. His ways are not our ways. His timetable is not the same as ours."
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