THE POWER OF IMPORTUNITY IN PRAYER
Scripture Luke 11: 1- 10
1And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.
2 And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.
3 Give us day by day our daily bread.
4 And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.
5 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;
6 For a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him?
7 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 thee.
8 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.
9 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
10 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
There is a parable in the above Scripture which speaks of bold and persistent petitioning. Consistent with Luke’s account of the ministry of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, His tenderness, compassion and sympathy for His people are broadcast from His parable. The parable makes a one-time Scriptural use of the word importunity. Spiritually, it has a powerful meaning to the believer. Not only does it mean impudence or shamelessness, but it also carries the weighty meaning of urgency or pressing. It represents an application for favor through a humble persistence and almost an insistence because of the surety that God’s Word cannot fail.
The Lord encrypts a powerful scenario for the humble heart. The time of the petition is at midnight. Night is the time when all work ceases. A picture of spiritual rest comes into view. It is also a picture of the vantage point of one at rest spiritually at midnight. Midnight is a time where one can see the old passing away and a new day birthed at the same time. From a carnal perspective, night refers to darkness, death, or a time of shame. On the other hand, midnight is a powerful position for the believer from a spiritual perspective. Many sons are experiencing the passing of an old day and its order and are enjoying the beginning of a new day in Christ.