I’m not sure why we get so hard on children for begging. After all, isn’t that what Jesus promotes in that little story about the friend begging for bread at midnight?
Does this difference lie in the motive and manner of begging? such as, selfish whining vs. pleading for a blessing for someone else?
I think that’s my answer. We need to ahead and ask. Go ahead and beg as Jesus says. But ask, beg, and persist with the right motive.
Does that mean that instead of scolding our children with “Stop begging!” or “I’d feel more like giving it to you if you wouldn’t be begging for it!” that we should teach them the proper way to beg? I dunno… just something I’ve been thinking about. (Have any wisdom for me?)
I just finished the book Let Me Die in Ireland by David Bercot. This book recounts the life story of St. Patrick and how he took the the Gospel to Ireland. When Patrick was kidnapped as a young man, he determined to pray (after the example of the persistent widow in Luke 18) more than 100 times a day for his release… and he continued to do so for 6 years. The author uses Patrick’s example to point out that “to fully experience this power (of prayer), we should not think we can get by with merely praying once or twice for something… Very few of us ever taste the full power of God because we make too little time – or have too little faith – to keep knocking on the doors of heaven.”
Oomph. I need a lot more faith. A lot more persistence in prayer.
Will Jesus find faith on the earth? Will He find faith in me?