THE POWER OF IMPORTUNITY IN PRAYER (Continued)
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.
Continuing the next point in the parable Jesus said, "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." 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. Being a friend is important, but there is something else that God is after. Simply being a friend was not enough to move the other friend in this parable. Importunity was required. Such persistent shamelessness means not giving up on Him or His promises. It means assurance of His Word and the Fulfillment of It in all Jesus Christ has accomplished in His Life, Ministry and Redemptive Work. It means the recognition that the Bride in the earth is yet making herself ready and anyone in his pilgrimage needs intercession.
The weight of another’s success is then just as important as oneself from God’s perspective. God’s Word (Jesus) did not return to Him void, and we must realize in prayer and in our lives that Jesus accomplished all the purpose for which God sent Him. This assurance or unrelenting faith transforms into God-pleasing audacity! Where is room for doubt when petitioning all-sufficient grace? Shame would indicate disgrace or without grace. The convinced believer asks, seeks and knocks fully aware that the result is the trifold blessing of receiving, finding and opening.