The passage for today is Luke 11:1-13. You can read this passage online or on your phone by following along with The Essential Jesus reading plan on bible.com, or you can read it in your physical Bible. Take a few minutes to read Luke 11:1-13 carefully, inviting the Holy Spirit to speak to you as you read.
What did you see in the text? What is the main point being communicated? Here are some of the things that I saw.
Jesus tells a great story in verses 5-8 to illustrate how we should pray. The story centers around a sudden, unexpected need, and the desperate measures we take to meet that need. A friend shows up at your house out of the blue, and you’re not able to show him the hospitality he deserves. In those days, there were no 24-hour grocery stores, so you would have to rely on your neighbors in these kind of circumstances. But your neighbor is already in bed. What do you do?
Jesus uses this story as a parable for prayer. The right thing to do, he says, is to bang on that door until your neighbor gives you what you need. The NIV calls this “shameless audacity,” and Jesus tells us that’s what we need when it comes to prayer! In this story, the neighbor is God, and Jesus teaches us to bang on God’s door at all hours of the night until he gives us what we need.
Would you describe your prayer life as shamelessly audacious? That seems like a stretch for most of us, and yet this is precisely the attitude Jesus teaches us to take in prayer. How can you be shamelessly audacious in your prayers? Remembering there is a vast difference between wants and needs, Jesus tells us to pray and never give up until we get what we need from God. Don’t be ashamed to ask God for the big needs in your life.
Father, you have everything I need. I run to you in times of trouble, and you give me what I need. Help me to be more audacious in my prayers. Give me courage to pray boldly, and never give up. Amen.