THOUGHT: What have you stopped praying for?
BIBLE: And he said to them, “Which of you who has a friend will go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves, for a friend of mine has arrived on a journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; and he will answer from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed. I cannot get up and give you anything’? I tell you, though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his impudence he will rise and give him whatever he needs. Luke 11:5-8
TRANSCRIPT: Hey everybody! Welcome back to the Morning Thrive. We’re talking about relentless prayer. What did Jesus say about prayer? So he just gets through in Luke Chapter 11, first couple of verses, talking about what to say when you pray. And he goes through what we know is the Lord’s Prayer. While they’re thinking about that he also launches in to a parable. And this is called the parable of the Friend at Night. He said suppose you have guests come in from out of town and you’re not prepared for them. And so after they go to bed you realize you don’t have anything to feed them for breakfast. So you go to your neighbor’s house and you start banging on the door. And maybe you start texting them. You start calling them; blowing up their phone. But the neighbor’s like, “Hey! Leave me alone.” He lets the call go to voicemail, doesn’t return the texts, doesn’t come up and answer the door. But finally after you consistently are beating the door he finally says alright, and he throws the door open and says, “What do you want? Get it so I can go back to bed.” Now Jesus tells us this story in verse 8 he says, “I tell you that he will get up and give him anything. Not because he’s a friend, but because of his relentless asking.” “His impudence” is the word. His diligence to continue to ask and not quit. And then he says in verse 9, “I tell you, you ask and it will be given to you. You seek and you will find. Knock and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks received, and everyone who seeks finds, and the one who knocks it will be opened.” Jesus was really saying, you want to know what the secret to my prayer life? You want to know the secret to effective prayer? Don’t quit. Keep asking. Keep asking. Keep asking. Because if you keep asking, the doors will open. Now listen, this is not to say this is a blank check. If I just keep asking God for a 3 million dollar house, then God’s going to give me a 3 million dollar house. But what it is saying is this. If I keep asking God for what I need and asking God for the things that are on my heart, listen God is either going to say yes to that and give it to you. He’s either going to say no to that and you can move forward. Or God’s going to say hold on just a minute I’ve got something better. But listen. Don’t quit asking. Some of you have quit praying for your lost friend. You’ve quit praying for God to reconcile your marriage. You’ve quit praying for your wayward child. You quit praying for a relationship to be reconciled. Don’t ever quit.
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