Day 19 Luke 11:5-10
In a speech given in 1941, Winston Churchill said, “Never give in--never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.” It was this attitude that helped Churchill lead England through the Second World War. It is this attitude that we need as we battle the enemy of our souls. It is this attitude we also need as we fight for the souls of those who are lost without Christ in their lives.
So, how do we stay the course? How do we persevere? How do we overcome for the Kingdom of God? Look what Jesus had to say.
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; a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have no food to offer him.’ 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.’ 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.
“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. 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]
Just before this, Jesus had answered his disciples’ request to teach them how to pray by teaching them what we call The Lord’s Prayer. He goes on here to describe how they were to pray with persistence. What’s more, verse 8 emphasizes how important it is to be bold. These two characteristics – persistence and boldness – are necessary if you are going to win any battle. They are even more necessary in our spiritual battles.
When you are praying for others and you don’t see any change, do you find it easy to give up and move on to other needs? That is when you need to persist in prayer. What’s more, be bold in what you ask. When we are told, “You have not because you ask not,” that is our invitation to be bold and ask God for what may seem impossible.
In Acts 4, Peter and John were put in jail for preaching the Gospel. When they were released and met with other believers, sharing how they were facing opposition for their faith, the people raised their voices together in bold prayer.
“Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. Stretch out your hand to heal and perform miraculous signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.”
After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.
[Acts 4:29-31 ~ NIV]
Pray with the boldness of the first century Church and believe that the God who answered their prayers – the God who is the same yesterday, today and forever – will answer you.