Asking for It

5 Then He said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend, and goes to him at midnight and says to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves; 6 for a friend of mine has come to me from a journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; 7 and from inside he answers and says, ‘Do not bother me; the door has already been shut and my children and I are in bed; I cannot get up and give you anything. 8 ”I tell you, even though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will get up and give him as much as he needs 9 ”So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. Luke 11:5-9

I could see the point of this example if the “persistent” man could not feed his family, but the persistent man has no food to be hospitable and generous to his friend who was hungry after a journey.

Us hard-nosed people would say, “Sorry, you’re not in a position to be hospitable and generous. Send him on his way.”

But it looks like we can be “shameless” in our prayers, or as it is more kindly translated here “persistent.” Further, how about specific as well. Not some bread but three loaves!

Do we have a God who funds our hairbrained but nevertheless good and unselfish ideas? Yes, this is the whole point of this story.

However, we do not have because we do not persistently (shamelessly) and specifically ask! So dare to dream! Our heavenly Father wants to be bothered.

About Rick Reynolds

You'll find me in the far right hand corner of evangelical Christianity. Been studying the Word for nearly 45 years and counting.
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