Luke 11:5-13

Read Luke 11:5-13
Immediately following the Lord’s prayer, Jesus shares a parable that takes place in the middle of the night. He creates a story about man who just welcomed a friend into his home after a long journey, and he was happy to have the friend arrive. But the host quickly realizes he had a big problem because he had no food to offer to his guest. His only option was to go knock on his neighbor’s door at midnight. When he knocks, his neighbor cries out from his bed, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children and I are in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything.’ Jesus then points out that by remaining outside the neighbor’s home and incessantly knocking, the sleeping man will eventually come to the door and provide the food that is needed.
 
What is Jesus teaching in this story? Is he trying to teach us to be persistent in our prayer? Not necessarily, though our persistence in prayer is important because we see it also mentioned in Luke 18 (the persistent widow). But what Jesus is teaching is more about the posture of our prayer. He is teaching his disciples to be praying with the belief that our Father in heaven has exactly what we need, so we need to be shamelessly, audaciously and regularly asking. God actually delights in our bold, audacious, and shameless asking. He loves it when our prayer posture shows no shame in the size of our ask. We have a God who cares about the big needs, as well as all of the little things. This allows us to pray with shameless audacity and say to God ‘I know you are the creator of the universe; you hold all things in your hands, yet you still care about me. I need your attention right now – please help me.’
 
God has given us an open invitation to come to him and ask for his help for anything and at any time. So, rest in the fact that we serve a God who has an infinite amount of resources and wisdom. Days can go by and we fail to ask for what we need and appreciate how God provides. And even though we rest in God’s resources, we can be thankful for what God has already given. Yes, God loves to give good gifts to his children, so let’s ask for them shamelessly and today let’s ask for God’s good gifts of grace, mercy, wisdom, daily provisions, and healthy relationships, while we rest in the greatest gift God has already given, his Son.
Jay Quick | Student Ministries Director

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