I really had a good time ministering in Makati Philippines recently. In a meeting that was held the Lord manifested himself and filled the members by his personal presence and a majority of the congregation felt heat all over the body and experience healing as the Gospel of Grace went forth.
A lady who lost her voice began to speak, a woman who could not lift her hands lifted hers, and a woman who had back pain now no longer has that pain. The Lord is just good. As I write this I am still awaiting testimonies to come in.
One of the pressing issues the Grace church is addressing now is the accusations by the intercessors in Philippines is that grace people do not pray.
That is really untrue. For example, I believe I pray in tongues more that the usual believer. I also lay hands on the sick and effortlessly people are slain (this just means a person is filled with the Spirit, not that the Spirit killed him) and people are healed.
As discussions went on, I realized what they actually mean is that we don’t “pray enough” or that we have to pray long hours to get an answer. They quote Luke 18 and tell us that we have to keep asking, keep seeking and keep knocking.
18 Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. 2 He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. 3 And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’
4 “For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, 5 yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’”
6 And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. 7 And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? 8 I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”
It is pertinent for us to note carefully what this passage is saying. It starts off with the words “Then Jesus told”. In other words, this passage is an overflow from Matthew 17. Matthew 17 deals with a situation where he is addressing his second coming:
“28 “It was the same in the days of Lot. People were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building. 29 But the day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all.
30 “It will be just like this on the day the Son of Man is revealed. 31 On that day no one who is on the housetop, with possessions inside, should go down to get them. Likewise, no one in the field should go back for anything. 32 Remember Lot’s wife! 33 Whoever tries to keep their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life will preserve it. 34 I tell you, on that night two people will be in one bed; one will be taken and the other left. 35 Two women will be grinding grain together; one will be taken and the other left.”  [e]
37 “Where, Lord?” they asked.
He replied, “Where there is a dead body, there the vultures will gather.””
This is not a parable for an everyday situation.
More importantly look at what Jesus is actually saying. He is not likening his Father to the unjust judge. Rather he is saying that his Father is actually NOT like the unjust judge.
“7 And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? 8 I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly”
Notice the words “they WILL get justice”. More importantly the word “Quickly”, does this mean God will wait until all prayers are accumulated before he answers?
So it is untrue that God wants you to pray long and hard prayers before He answers you. He answers you quickly because He is not like the unjust judge. He is the just judge.
So why does Jesus ask us to keep praying, keep asking, keep seeking, and keeping knocking?
Let’s considered Luke 11
“5 Then Jesus said to them, “Suppose you have a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; 6 a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have no food to offer him.’ 7 And suppose the one inside answers, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children and I are in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything.’ 8 I tell you, even though he will not get up and give you the bread because of friendship, yet because of your shameless audacity[e] he will surely get up and give you as much as you need.
9 “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
11 “Which of you fathers, if your son asks for[f] a fish, will give him a snake instead? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13 If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!””
It is precisely because God answers quickly. This is because He is not like us. He is a good Father. Jesus tells us to look at our Father in abundance and willing to give and give quickly. So why do we keep on asking.
They answer is here. “For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”
Dear friends, God answers prayers not because you pray long and excruciating prayers. He answers you because He loves you.