Tuesday, July 24, 2012


5 And He said to them, Which of you who has a friend will go to him at midnight and will say to him, Friend, lend me three loaves [of bread],

6 For a friend of mine who is on a journey has just come, and I have nothing to put before him;

7And he from within will answer, Do not disturb me; the door is now closed, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot get up and supply you [with anything]?

8 I tell you, although he will not get up and supply him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his shameless persistence and insistence, he will get up and give him as much as he needs.(Luke 11:5-8).

5-6 Jesus' teaching on prayer continues (vv.5-13) with a parable unique to Luke. The scene is that of a Palestinian home in which the family are all asleep in one room-perhaps the only room in the house-and probably all on one mat. The father could not get over to the door and slide back the heavy bolt that bars it without waking up his family. In such a situation no one would be happy to respond, especially in the middle of the night. Nevertheless the man does respond to his friend at the door. A host in first-century society would be expected to provide a welcome to a guest regardless of when he arrived.

7-8 The point of the parable depends partly on the context and partly on the meaning of the word "persistence" or "boldness" or "importunity". If it means the former, the parable would seem to teach that if we persist long enough, God will finally answer our prayers. But since the Bible refers frequently to God's eagerness to grant our requests, "boldness" is a more likely translation. This parable then presents a contrast to the way God answers prayer. If in human circumstances one will respond to a request, even though reluctantly, if pressed hard enough, surely God will answer and do so far more graciously (cf. Lk 18:1-8).
[NIV BIBLE COMMENTARY Volume 2: New Testament].

11:8 Persistence here refers to shameless boldness more than tenacity. Jesus' point is that in prayer the disciple is to be bold. The example in the parable (vv. 5-7) is a man who goes boldly to his neighbor to seek what he requires. Likewise, the disciple is to go boldly to God for that which is needed. [THE NKJV STUDY BIBLE] Second Edition].



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