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Topic: Repeat (01/24/13)

By Isaac Olaoye


My father often shun me when I was young each time I repeat my words concerning anything, he would say, ‘you have said it before, I am not deaf’, each time he said this I became dull yet it wouldn’t stop me from saying the same thing to him in less than twenty minute but is reply is always the same, as time goes on this attitude of my father nearly killed vivacious character in me because I look dull always not ready to say my mind even to anybody. One day my daddy friend came to visit us, after observing me for some time, he said to my father, ‘this isn’t you son I knew’, my father replied why did you said so? ‘I knew him to be spirited, always ready to ask question so many time but today he looks dull’. My daddy replied, ‘maybe he is hungry’. Isaac what’s the matter said my father, ‘Dad because each time I asked question your reply is have heard you am not dumb’. Dad replied because you repeat the same question many times. My Dad’s friends broke in and said ‘friend, don’t kill the vivacious character in your son, this is the reason why parent will do that which their children wanted because they will keep on repeating the same because they have faith in their parent’.
When Christian asked the same thing from God too many time in prayer, some would say they are making a vain repetition. What’s vain repetition as used by Christ? Does it really mean repeating the same request too many times? NO! Because if it is yes Christ won’t say, ‘Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.’ Christ put it to them here that they have been asking but not in his name, so he commanded them to ask in his name for their joy to be full, he didn’t say they should stop asking but ask for their joy to be full. Vain repetition as used in Mathew 6:7 is translated from the Greek word ‘Battologeo’, which mean useless talk or speaking without distinct expression of purpose, foolish talking or indiscreet vowing in prayer, so Christ isn’t saying you shouldn’t repeat you request rather ask until you joy is full. This Character of repeating oneself to gain total attention of one’s recipient is one major character of children and it is also displayed by Christ, Children will make sure they keep on repeat their will until they get satisfaction,. No wonder Christ likened kingdom of God unto children, one of the reason must be their not giving up attitude-always repeating themselves unto they get answer. Many Christian failed to get quick answer to prayer today just because they misquoted the statement of Christ that whatever you asked in prayers believe you shall receive not knowing that continuous asking the same in prayer till ones joy is full is the believing Christ is talking about, this is because you won’t continue asking the same thing from that person you lack faith in.
Christ himself display this childlike character, he repeated himself to Peter thrice, not that he didn’t believe Peter response at first, I knew your are eager to know why he chose to repeat himself , lets first consider that Christ to Peter conversation, Christ said to Peter ‘thou lovest thou me thrice’, on the third time Peter was grieved, thinking that Christ should know, but Christ chose to repeat himself to gain total attention of Peter, because that which he wanted to conferred unto him is a great task. Christ wouldn’t stop repeating himself to you until he gain your attention, no wonder, he uses different things, tens virgin, children etc, to illustrate the kingdom of God all in attempt to gain attention of his audience. Since Christ has been repeating himself to you, have you given him attention? Thinks about this, Christ has faith in you this is why is repeating himself. Act now!

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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 01/31/13
This is a lovely message. I always enjoy devotions that start out with a true-life story. You did a great job of transitioning into the Bible from your story.

You do have quite a few errors like writing you instead of your. When someone different speaks, you should start a new paragraph and double spacing between them will give the reader that white space that makes it easier to read. A good proofreader can help you catch these or if you wait a day or two, then read your story aloud, you may pick up on some of the typos.

I could feel the pain of the MC. Adults often seem to forget what it was like to be a kid. Your testimony teaches not only to be patient and loving parents but to shout Thank you to Christ who is so patient with our many flaws.
C D Swanson 02/02/13
Great job with this authentic story that holds significance and brings forward an important and crucial message to all who read it.

Nicely done. Thank you.
God bless~