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Here’s an illuminating quote:


“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”


A renowned, one-of-a-kind, world-class inventor said it. That old insight came from Thomas Edison.

He’s not the first to recognize that humans can give up too soon. Centuries earlier, Jesus talked about “keeping on.” Jesus wasn’t referring to inventiveness. He was teaching about prayer.


He said, “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.” —Matthew 7:7-8


More than once, Jesus taught His listeners to NOT give up on making prayer requests. He taught them (and us) to PERSEVERE in making our human petitions to the Divine.


But, way, way too often, I don’t “keep on asking, seeking, and knocking." I lose my motivation, my concentration, my dedication to a particular prayer. Then, after my prayer petition has dimmed out, I sometimes wonder, “How close was the breakthrough?”


What I need is pretty simple. I need the loose bulb screwed back in…regularly. Cuz it gets loose…naturally.


Like me, you may simply need to revisit Matthew 7:7-8 and not just skim through those familiar words.


Slow down. Don’t speed-read it this time.


“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.”


This week (month, year), what deserves your continual ASK-ing—Asking, Seeking, Knocking? Is it something you used to pray for faithfully? Put it back on your prayer list—your mental list and your written list. Pray. Don’t stop.


You know what just might be a better tidbit than Edison’s?


“People who give up on making their petition to God don’t know how close they were to witnessing God’s marvelous intervention.”

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