“Suppose you went to a friend’s house at midnight, wanting to borrow three loaves of bread. You say to him, ‘A friend of mine has just arrived for a visit, and I have nothing for him to eat.’ And suppose he calls out from his bedroom, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is locked for the night, and my family and I are all in bed. I can’t help you.’ But I tell you this – though he won’t do it for friendship’s sake, if you keep knocking long enough, he will get up and give you whatever you need because of your shameless persistence.” Luke 11:5-8 NLT
Do you know what is directly in front of these verses? The Lord’s Prayer.
The Bible says, “Then, teaching them more about prayer, he used this story.”
This story is about PRAYER!
I am amazed by this story. In case you are not understanding why, I will try to explain.
I hope that we can each think of a time when we prayed for something and we saw that prayer answered pretty close to immediately.
I am fortunate enough to say that I have experienced this a few times in my life.
But what about those times when you pray and things don’t change. And you keep praying and things don’t seem to get any better. Do you ever feel like God might be tired of hearing you ask for the same thing over and over again? Or that he already knows what I need so why do I need to keep praying for it?
I’ve felt that way.
I’ve prayed – begged – God for years to fix a situation in my life. Sometimes it was sooo hard to pray because I already expected for my prayer to be answered. However, as always his timing is perfect.
This story from Luke refreshes me and helps me to know that it’s okay to be a little annoying about something that is important to you. It is okay to continually pray about the same thing. God doesn’t mind. He wants to see our persistence. Verse 9 says, “And so I tell you, 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.”
I don’t know what you might be going through today but I wanted to encourage you to be persistent. To keep on praying and to not give up on God. He wants to hear from you.