by Heidi McLaughlin
We buy fly swatters and bug zappers to get rid of pesky flying things that interrupt our meals and annoy our sleep. Why would I even suggest becoming a pest? Because I believe God welcomes a “spiritual pest.” There are numerous events in the Bible where God answered the prayers of pesky people.
I’m afraid I’m one of those people. When I want something from God, I’m like a little kid pleading for a lollipop. I’m not afraid to ask God for anything because God knows my personality and my heart and He hears my prayers. The prophet Elisha was also a spiritual pest. On the day that Elijah was to be taken into heaven in a whirlwind by the Lord, the protégé prophet Elisha refused to leave his mentor and three times rebuffed the request of the older prophet, (Elijah) to stay behind. Elisha was a pest but by his determination to remain, received the spirit of Elijah.
Keep on asking… (Isaiah 62:7)
Most of these requests produced miracles.
If your son, daughter or a loved one became seriously ill in the middle of the night, I know none of us would hesitate to knock on a neighbour’s door begging for help. So why don’t we do that with God? Apparently, God listens to our begging and welcomes pests. God’s spiritual abundances and riches are endless and let’s not get to the place where we’re comfortable and where we don’t need or want more from God.
Don’t be content with a casual relationship with God. By asking and pestering Him you are honouring His Kingdom. Pursue Him and His presence in a deeper way so that God can take you higher. God has promised that those who ask, seek and knock will find more. We have to be persistent and at times even be a pest.
I’m going to ask you the same question that Jesus asked the blind beggar: “What do you want me to do for you?” During these difficult days in the history of our world, “what do you want Jesus to do for you?” Keep asking, seeking and knocking.