Ask Repeatedly Until You Get the Result You Want

Daily Devotional

Exodus 6:11 Go in, speak unto Pharaoh king of Egypt, that he let the children of Israel go out of his land.

Not because you did not get the response that you wanted the first time around means that you should not ask again. In Exodus 5, after Moses requested of Pharaoh that he let the Children of Israel go so that they could go in the wilderness to worship their God, not only did Pharaoh deny the request; the immediate circumstance of the Israelites grew worse.  No longer were they provided with the straw to make bricks, they had to gather the straw themselves even while being required to make the same number of bricks as before. Failure to meet their quota would result in them being beaten. After that experience the Israelites lost confidence in what Moses had set out to achieve, but God told him to go to Pharaoh and ask him again to let the people go in Exodus 6:11. The first time he asked could have been construed as an utter failure, but God wanted him to ask until he got the result that he wanted.  Although Moses had to ask Pharoah ten (10) more times, it never mattered as the Israelites were allowed to leave Egypt. Keep asking until you get what you want to see.  

Sometimes we embrace the notion that if God is in it then we should not have to ask for what we want more than one time.  However, that was contrary to the experience that Moses had; that view also contradicts Matthew 7:8 which says, “everyone that asketh receiveth”. The fact that the word “ask” ended with “eth” should signal to us that to receive what we want we may have to ask over and over again. The Canaanite woman of Matthew 15, whose daughter was demon possessed, asked Jesus repeatedly and her daughter was delivered even though she did not qualify because she was not a Jew. Similarly, the persistence of the widow in Luke 18 who asked the unjust judge repeatedly to avenge her of her adversary, got her the result that she wanted. What is it that you need to ask for to get to where you want to go? Be prepared to ask over and over again until you get it.

Life Application: Make a list of everything that you need to ask for to get to where you want to be and ask repeatedly, that may include multiple persons, until you get the result you want.

Prayer: Lord, I will continue to push in prayer until I get the desired result. Help me to remain hopeful and to operate in faith even when it seems impossible. In Jesus’ name, amen.


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