Luke 11:5-8 NLT
5 Then, teaching them more about prayer, he used this story: “Suppose you went to a friend’s house at midnight, wanting to borrow three loaves of bread. You say to him, 6 ‘A friend of mine has just arrived for a visit, and I have nothing for him to eat.’ 7 And suppose he calls out from his bedroom, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is locked for the night, and my family and I are all in bed. I can’t help you.’ 8 But I tell you this—though he won’t do it for friendship’s sake, if you keep knocking long enough, he will get up and give you whatever you need because of your shameless persistence [NIV: audacity].
Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary Tenth Edition provides the definition of audacious with two of the following entries:
- Intrepidly daring, adventurous
- Marked by originality and verve
In Luke 11:5-8, the situation is bleak, as v. 6 says, “I have nothing for him to eat.” When asked for help, the neighbor’s first reply is, “I can’t help you.” But Jesus encourages us to pray audaciously – “if you keep knocking long enough” you will get what you need. Perhaps, it might not be the answer we want, but it will be the answer that we need from the Lord.
Today, how do you need to pray with shameless audacity in your life?
Prayer: “Lord, embolden my heart to pray audaciously, to keep knocking until you answer me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”