In these strenuous times, it’s more important than ever to remember that God responds to our fervent and persistent prayers. Yesterday, we looked at the parable of the unjust judge and how it teaches us to be relentless in hounding Heaven for divine help. Interestingly, the topic of undaunted intercession is so important to our Savior that He gives us yet another story about it in Luke 11. This time, it involves a man, a visiting stranger, and a neighbor. Now, to read this parable in context, it’s important to remember that ancient Jewish culture was one of hospitality. People traveled often and they didn’t stay in hotels or AirBnbs like they do today. Instead, they would call on those they knew, and the expectation was that someone would offer them a place to call home. Thus the story begins when a traveler unexpectedly called on a friend. Unfortunately, his host wasn’t prepared to receive him, and he didn’t have any food. Determined to solve the problem, he went to his neighbor’s house late at night and pounded on his door to ask for some bread. Not wanting to be bothered, the neighbor responded that his children were already asleep and that the door was locked, so he couldn’t help. His refusal to assist didn’t seem to deter his persistent near-dweller, however, and he just kept knocking. Finally, his insistence won the prize, and he was given as much as he needed by his weary friend, who by that time probably just wanted him to “get lost.” Though it’s a rather blunt illustration, this story teaches us that when we pound on the door of Heaven with our heartfelt prayers, the Lord will open the floodgates of favor and pour out a surplus of blessings — even more than we can imagine. Because He loves us as a father, He delights in giving us good gifts that far surpass the realm of human expectation.
My friend, the most important thing you can do in times of uncertainty and peril is to pray! Jesus stands ready to embrace your heartfelt cries for righteousness, compassion, and truth, and He promises to provide an answer. Now is the time to find peace in your prayer closet, for the forces of darkness are raging against the serenity of your soul as they seek to upset your spirit and steal your hope. Fight back in the power of the Holy Spirit, relentlessly pursue His power, and invite the Eternal Victor to reign in your heart and reveal His very best in your circumstances.