Day 16

True Blessedness

from the Luke reading plan

Luke 11:1-54, Isaiah 55:6-7, Romans 8:14-17

BY Guest Writer

I was home alone one evening when someone started knocking at my door. We have a rather unwelcoming “No Solicitation” sign posted on our door, and it was past the time for a postal delivery. And yet, the knocking persisted. Generally, I don’t answer the door when I’m home alone, but I peeked around the corner and saw that it was our friendly neighbor, looking exceptionally apologetic.

“Do you have a corkscrew we could borrow?”

We did, and I gave it to him, and sincerely told him to knock anytime.

The parable Jesus tells in today’s reading is about a persistent neighbor, only this one is knocking and knocking and knocking at midnight, after the whole house had already gone to bed. Some commentaries call this parable humorous, a quality we don’t always assign to Jesus’s words, but in this case, the story plays out a bit like a sitcom.

A man and his family are asleep in bed, when a neighbor starts knocking. Eventually, the man gets up, begrudgingly, not out of the kindness in his heart, but because of his friend’s “shameless boldness” (Luke 11:8).

The point Jesus is making is not that we should be hospitable at all costs, even dragging ourselves out of a warm bed in the middle of the night to give our neighbor some bread. He’s telling us we should approach God with the same shameless boldness of the knocking neighbor in the parable. Some translations call it the neighbor’s “impudence,” or “shameless audacity.” These are not words I typically think of when I pray.

I am learning, however, to be persistent in prayer, praying the same things over and over again—not out of disbelief, but out of belief and faith. Every night, I pray the same words over my daughters: “Please show them how much You love them. Give them hearts that love You, eyes that see You, ears that hear You.” It’s not laziness, but persistence. Over and over, I ask, seek, and knock at God’s door in prayer.

Jesus’s illustration of persistent prayer follows the Lord’s Prayer, a tangible example of how we should pray every day. His answer to the disciples’ request, “Teach us to pray,” is two-fold. First, pray for things like these. Second, pray persistently.

Yesterday, in Luke 10, we read about how Jesus came to reveal the Father. Today, He shows us how we can speak to the Father. Jesus invites us to know Him. And through Him, we’re invited to know the Father, too, to pray to Him without ceasing.

May we ask, seek, and knock with persistence and faith, knowing that God will always answer for the good of all those who love Him, and to make known the riches of His glory (Romans 8:28; 9:23).

Melanie Rainer is a bookworm from birth who makes her days writing, editing and reading in Nashville, where she also joyfully serves as the editor of Kids Read Truth. She has an M.A. in Theological Studies from Covenant Seminary, spends as much time as she can in the kitchen, and can’t wait until her two daughters are old enough to read Anne of Green Gables.

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  1. Felicia Nunez says:

    Hey Heather! One simple prayer i do every morning and everyday, is thank God for today and for all we have. I say it out loud with my kids and my husband. You could start there or even do it alone. Whatever makes you feel more comfortable! :)

  2. Heather Bronson says:

    I am reading the Bible for the first time in my life. I grew-up in a church, but never considered myself a believer. I neglected my faith for so long and ignored the constant calls back. So I am now reading the gospels and searching for God, but have not yet started to pray. As someone who WANTS so badly to have faith and God in my life and the lives of my children, I know I should start, but something is holding me back. When I read about asking for the Holy Spirit and not being denied, I got goosebumps. I just don’t know how to start praying…

  3. Emily Pruitt says:

    So many good things in Chapter 11. The parables are numerous. I have been very lazy in prayer and reading the word. Simply because I lie to myself and say I don’t have time or I’ll do it later. This whole chapter is about what a Christian should see and acknowledge with Christ vs what we see in lies from Satan himself. Each passage reminds me of who I am in Him and I honestly feel as if God is speaking to me going “Helllooooo?? Remember me. Especially now. Be responsible for your actions. Love me. See me.” Absolutely beautiful and unimaginable.

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