Then he said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend, and he goes to him at midnight and says, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, because a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have nothing to set before him.’ “Then the one inside answers, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children are with me in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything.’ I tell you, though he will not get up and give him the bread because he is his friend, yet because of the man’s boldness he will get up and give him as much as he needs. Luke 11:5-8 (NIV)
Bold And Persistent
What kind of prayers do you think I want to hear from you? I’m not quite sure what you mean? What are you asking of me? Do you think I want to hear a lot of insignificant prayers from you? Do you think I want to hear a lot of prayers about you finding a great parking spot or the light changing to green because you are in a hurry? Do you think I want to hear prayers for you to do well on a test that you haven’t studied for? Do you think that I want to hear prayers about some brief want of yours that is here today and will certainly be gone tomorrow? Tell me how you describe these kinds of prayers? Really? Yes, really? Some I would call “one and done” prayers. Others I would call “happy meal prayers”. Why is that? Neither have my heart and mind and life invested in them. Both of them have the longevity of a happy meal toy. They are briefly in my heart and mind and life for seconds, maybe minutes. If these prayers were to be heard and answered, I might not even notice. These prayers certainly don’t capture my heart, engage my imagination or encourage my faith. That is not good. I know it is not. Now, before we go too far, I don’t want you to make a mistake. Like what? You can pray to me about anything. No prayer is too small or too large to pray. I am never bothered by any prayer you want to pray to me. I get that. I understand. That is very good.
What do you think I want to do in you? What do you think I want to do with you? What do you think I want to do through you? You want to take me higher and deeper into prayer with you. You want to give me prayers to pray that will capture my heart, engage my imagination and encourage my faith. You want to give me prayers to pray that will bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. Will these be small and insignificant prayers? Will these be “one and done” prayers? Will these prayers have the longevity of a happy meal toy? Certainly not. These will be bold prayers that you will ask me to keep on praying until I have an answer from you. Will you pray boldly and persistently the prayers I give you to pray? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.
Lord, I will allow you to guide me to pray bold and persistent prayers. Give me your prayers to pray. Empower my prayers. Strengthen me as I pray. I will not quit. I will not give up. I will not grow weary. I will keep on praying until I have an answer from you. Amen
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