Day Three: How much more

7 And suppose the one inside answers, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children and I are in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything.’8 I tell you, even though he will not get up and give you the bread because of friendship, yet because of your shameless audacity he will surely get up and give you as much as you need. Luke 11.7-8

“Obviously God is not like the householder. The Jewish rhetorical technique of arguing from the lesser to the greater is in play here. If even a reluctant person who snubs the virtue of friendship ends up giving the host what he needs, how much more honorably and eagerly will God respond to his children’s request? If the entire village is concerned with its collective honor, how much more will God, the one who sanctifies his own name (11:2), act in a way that upholds his divine honor?” (Diane Chen, Luke: A New Covenant Commentary, 167)

Prayer: Heavenly Father, may our hearts be overwhelmed with the assurance that you are listening and desire to answer the prayers of your children. Lord, you are generous to supply all that we need, and our greatest need is your Spirit’s presence. Oh Lord, fill us that we would overflow with power, love, and self-discipline. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Let’s sing the song “Mighty God (Another Hallelujah)” by Elevation Worship (click here).

– CR