Today is my favorite day by far of the 40 day prayer challenge!
On Day 6, Mark Batterson writes about Jesus teaching about prayer as found in Luke 11. He used the NIV I think. But, I’ve written the NLT here.
“Then teaching them about prayer, [Jesus] used this story: Suppose you went to a friend’s house at midnight, wanting to borrow three loaves of bread. You say to him, a friend of mine has just arrived for a visit, and I have nothing for him to eat. And suppose he calls out from his bedroom, Don’t bother me. The door is locked for the night, and my family and I are all in bed. I can’t help you. But I tell you this – though he won’t do it for friendship’s sake, if you keep knocking long enough, he will get up and give you whatever you need because of your shameless persistence. And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.”
Today’s message warms my heart so much because I am the “shamelessly persistent” woman. ESPECIALLY when I am working on behalf of another person. See the persistent person in this story wasn’t trying to harass his friend for food for his own household, but for food for another friend who had arrived to visit (and possibly unexpectedly or he may have been prepared himself to feed his friend.) If God puts someone on my heart or in my path, I will knock, knock, knock, knock, text, call, email, email again, email your boss, email the president of the company, knock, knock, knock…. You get the point.
Some people actually do not like that quality about me. It frustrates them. Because I am so persistent and do not give up and they don’t want to get out of bed and address the need. They are being interrupted and that was not on their calendar for today. Set an appointment or come back in the morning they say. On the other hand, my attorney boss LOVES this quality about me because I do not give up on his clients. If they need something, I will give it my all to get it. And like God, I am not a respecter of persons. I treat the mailman and the president the same. I will ask anyone anything. I honor positions of power, but I am not a title person and will not give up simply because you have a title.
My dog baby, the yorkie, has that same persistent spirit. If she wants something, she will bark and bark and bark and bark. If she is still ignored she will stand in front of you and look you eye to eye until you acknowledge her. If you are reading and she wants your attention, she will put her paw on your book. She will be addressed and will not be ignored. That is actually my favorite thing about her. I love her strong personality though she’s only 5 pounds. She’s got a powerful spirit though she is oh so fragile.
Per blueletterbible.com, other translations of this “shameless persistence” are as follows:
KJV – importunity (an insistent or pressing demand)
ESV – impudence (offensive boldness)
Amplified – shameless persistence and insistence
Circle Maker – shameless audacity
Mark Batterson associates this shameless audacity with a characteristic of Honi, the Circle Maker himself. Honi prayed bold prayers. And, “when we act in faith, we aren’t risking our reputation; we are risking God’s reputation because He’s the one who made the promise in the first place.”
Keep asking. Keep seeking. Keep knocking.
I will keep asking great and mighty things of you God because of WHO YOU are. Thank you for the measure of faith you have given me and for making me a woman of shameless audacity.
Love Day 6 of this prayer challenge!