Our First day of this journey began on a Sunday which is not a typical day for most of us. Day Two is a Monday and for the vast majority of us, Mondays come with a routine, certain demands, and a typical pace. Although we started this journey on a Sunday, Monday is when it gets REAL!
Yesterday I shared out of Luke 11, where Jesus teaches His disciples to pray and then adds a story for emphasis.
5 Then Jesus said to them, “Suppose you have a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; 6 a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have no food to offer him.’ 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.
9 “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
Luke 11:5-10 (NIV)
I love the concept of Shameless Audacity. It describes an unabashed persistence and relentlessness. I can hear the fist of that neighbor pounding on the door. I can hear his voice growing louder. I can imagine the stubborn and unhelpful neighbor starting to get nervous because it won’t be long before the rest of the neighborhood hears the noise and his reputation is at stake. Of course, he will eventually get out of bed in order to save face and answer the pleas of this unwelcome but unrelenting nighttime invader.
But this is where Jesus has introduced a twist. God is not a reluctant neighbor who doesn’t want to be roused from his restful sleep. God is a Father who is attentive to the needs of His children. God is leaning in and listening. God is ready to meet us at the door with precisely what we need. We don’t need shameless audacity to get God’s attention but imagine if we approached God that way anyway. What would it look like for us to persist in prayer? Keep praying. God is listening.