The Man’s Boldness

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Becoming Like Christ - Day 227 - Luke 11:5-8 - The Man's Boldness - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 227 – Luke 11:5-8 – The Man’s Boldness – Growing As Disciples

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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Because Of The Man’s Boldness

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Prayer – Luke 11:8 – Because Of The Man’s Boldness – Growing As Disciples

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 11:8 (NIV)

Persistence 

What prayers are worthy of your persistence? What will you ask for without giving up? What will you keep on asking for until you have what you ask for from me? Is there anything that you won’t stop boldly bringing to me in prayer? I am glad that you have asked me these questions. It is good for me to carefully consider what you are asking of me. There are several things that I will never stop boldly bringing to you as a prayer request. First, I want to know you. I want to live in a close and intimate relationship with you. I want you to know me. I want to be able to hear your voice. I want to be able to know and do your will. I want to live my life fully for you. I don’t want to fall short or miss the mark in loving, following and serving you. I want to do everything that you have planned and prepared for me to do in this life. I want to be found to be faithful in your sight. I want to bear an abundance of fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. I want to be a bright and shinning witness for you in the world. One day I want to hear you say, “well done, good and faithful servant.” Why are you asking all of this of me? I am weak. You are strong. Only you can make me faithful. Only you can make me able to accomplish your purposes and fulfill your plans. On my own, with my own strength, I will accomplish nothing. Only you can make me able to bear fruit for all eternity. Only you can make me able to bring glory to your name. So, I am telling you that I want what you want. I want my life to be at your service. I want to be completely at your disposal. I want to go where you guide me. I want to do all that you ask of me. I want you to work in me, through me and for me so that I can be the person you have called me to be as I do all that you ask me to do for you.  What is second? What do you mean? A little while ago you said you first wanted to ask me these things. It sounded like you had a second request. No, I don’t have a second request. I will just restate that I want to love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. I want my life to be lived out as an act of joy filled praise, thanksgiving and worship to you. I know that I will serve you and others completely if this persistent prayer of mine is heard and answered. Do you have any doubts about my answering this persistent prayer of your heart? I have no doubts. I know that you will hear and answer this prayer that you placed in me as the desire of my heart. That is very good. Keep on persistently bringing your prayers to me. Yes, Lord, I will.

Lord, thank you that I have the privilege to bring the needs of others to you in prayer. Help me to be bold and persistent in prayer and to not give up when the answer does not come immediately. Instead, I will keep on praying and trusting in you for an answer. Amen 

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The Lost Coin

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Parables - Luke 15:8-10 - The Lost Coin - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Parables – Luke 15:8-10 – The Lost Coin – Growing As Disciples

“Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Does she not light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’ In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”  Luke 15:8-10 (NIV)

Lost Coins

Do you know who the lost coins are? Yes, they are the people who don’t know you. Do you know where the lost people who don’t know me are living right now? Are they living in my own house? Yes, they are in your family, circle of close friends, workplace and church. You may not have thought about it but the person sitting next to you right now might not know me and be lost for eternity. Why are you telling me this now? This is your wake up call. I want you to go into action for me. What would you like me to do for you? I want you to begin to search diligently for all those who are lost. You won’t have to go far at all, just a few steps in many cases. It’s very important that you realize the true condition of many of the people you know and love. There are many that are lost and without hope for all of eternity. I don’t know them. They don’t know me.You know me and I know you.Yes, and for that I am very thankful. But, you know these lost ones that I am referring to, don’t you? Yes Lord, I do. I do too. I’m not willing to let any one of them perish. How about you? Are you willing to let someone you love go into eternity without me as their Savior and Lord. No Lord, I am not. That’s good, then we are in agreement. What can I do? Where can I start? How can I reach out to them? First, you need to make the decision that you are determined to reach them for me. You will need to have some urgency, passion, and commitment in response to this work that I am calling you to do for me. I do, but I will need your help. You will have all the help you need from me. Next, I want you to shed some light on the situation. How can I do that? You can begin to pray diligently and urgently for those around you who are lost. The time for being unaware and in the dark is over. As you are praying, make sure that there is nothing in your life or in your house that will hinder my working through you. Do a clean sweep. It is time to take out all the trash. Do you understand what I am saying? Yes Lord, I do. That’s good. Finally, watch for opportunities to testify on my behalf. Testify? Yes, speak up. Be prepared to tell others the reason you have for the hope of eternal life in you. It is not enough that your life is a witness for me. The witness of your life must be accompanied by your words; otherwise those who are lost will not hear the message. There is another decision that you will have to make. What’s that? Are you willing to speak up and share the good news of forgiveness and salvation in me? Yes Lord, I am. Finally, get ready to rejoice with me. Why is that? We will rejoice together as those who are lost are found. Is a harvest coming? Yes, it is and you are one of my laborers in it.

Lord, when I was lost you pursued me. You didn’t give up on me. You turned my life around and brought me to faith in you. In that heaven rejoiced. Use me now to help others who are lost to come to believe and have faith in you.  Amen

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A Friend In Need

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Parables - Luke 11:5-8 - A Friend In Need - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Parables – Luke 11:5-8 – A Friend In Need – Growing As Disciples

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 11:8 (NIV)

Keep Asking

What is it that you really want? What are you willing to keep asking me for until you receive it? I’m not talking about what you want today, but can’t remember tomorrow. How important can those prayers possibly be to you if you have no interest in continuing to pray them? Those are tough questions. I’m not sure what I really want quite a bit of the time. Really, are you sure of that? Am I sure that I’m unsure? That’s an unusual question. Yes, it is. But, it’s an important question. I would really like to know what you are sure that you want from me. I think it’s important for you to think deeply to consider what you really want from me. Right now? What would you be willing to keep on asking from me until you receive it?

That’s a good question. Here is what I know that I want from you without any doubts. I want to know and love you intimately. I want to know your will and the purposes and plans you have for my life. I want to be used by you for the kingdom and glory. I want to be a person that loves, learns, and lives out your word. I want to be made wise by you as I sit at your feet. I want to be powerfully full of your Holy Spirit so that I can live, as you want me to live. Something has occurred to me. What’s that? As I’ve tried to describe what I want, I think that I have been describing someone else. Who is that? I think that I have been describing you. What makes you think and say that? I think I want the same relationship that you have with your Heavenly Father. You think? No, I’m certain that is what I want! Do you think that is possible? Not without you, it’ not. What do you mean by that? Didn’t you die on the cross so that I could be forgiven and have a new and intimate relationship with my Heavenly Father? Yes, I did. Do you think I’m asking for anything that is out of line? Aren’t my requests ones that you would have also made? What do you think? I think they are. You are absolutely right. Do you think that the Heavenly Father answered all those requests of yours? That all depends. What does it depend on? My Heavenly Father will answer these requests of mine only if I make them to Him. You’re right about that. How often do you think your Heavenly Father wants you to make these requests of Him? I would say day by day and moment by moment. Yes, that’s right and what will that show your Heavenly Father? It would show Him that I am relying on Him for all that I need. Yes, it will. You know what? What? I think you really do know what you want. Yes, I am now certain that I want you Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Help me to live my life with and for you every day, moment by moment.

Lord, thank you that I have the privilege to bring the needs of others to you in prayer. Help me to be bold and persistent in prayer and to not give up when the answer does not come immediately. Instead, I will keep on praying and trusting in you for an answer. Amen

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