Yesterday, I wrote about friendship. As we go through life, we sometimes need the counsel and wisdom of a friend to help us view things we are undergoing from a different perspective. We can become so close to situations, that we ‘fail to see the forest for all the trees’ as the saying goes.
Jesus understood that.
Right after he has instructed His disciples how to pray to God, he illustrates why it pays to be persistent in asking for help by teaching His disciples in a parable about what a friend our Heavenly Father is to us. Luke 11:5-10 reads: And he said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves; For a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him? And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give them. I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth. And I say unto you, Ask and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock and it shall be opened to you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
Importunity–an URGENT request or demand.
So here is your friend who is caught unawares with company. In Old Testament times, hospitality was very highly regarded. As you walked from place to place facing deadly animals, snakes, dust storms, weather, sunburn, sand, robbers and thieves, and other dangers, offering what you had to someone who came to you in need was highly prized.
This person’s friend had retired for the night–no doubt a poor person whose family would all sleep together one some sort of raised platform on the floor of their single dwelling. To rise to get bread would disturb everyone. Yet, because his friend is outside asking for help, he turns not aside or refuses but does what he can for his friend.
This friendhip is an OPEN ALL NIGHT type of bond.
Jesus is reminding us that God, too, is our OPEN ALL NIGHT type of friend. All we need do is Ask Him. All we must do is to Seek Him. All we need do is to become the same example of being Open All Night to our God and listen to Him.
God promises to allow us to receive Him, find Him, and be Open/Listen to our requests…ALWAYS!
His timing may not always coincide with all of our requests–but He wants what best for us, knows what is best for us, and allows us the free will to gain the bread we need through the circumstances we must travel. He doesn’t promise us ease.
He promises to always be at hand. God is OPEN ALL NIGHT, ALL DAY, TO ALL WHO TRULY DESIRE TO SEEK HIM.