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icture a large mat in a one-room   needeth (Luk 11:8). 1
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              house. Dad, mom and their young   How  should  we  understand  this
        Pchildren  are  sleeping  on  it,  all   parable? What was the Lord teaching?
        tucked together under a big blanket. It is   The answers are in the keyword translated
        a chilly night in Palestine.          “importunity” (v8), the application the
          “Joe! Joe!” Dad wakes to his neighbor’s   Lord makes (vv9-10), and the follow-up
        voice outside.                        mini-parable (vv11-13). What becomes
          “Can I borrow three loaves of bread?   clear is that we should be praying like
        My friend just arrived from a long journey.   the man at the door, and that our Father
        I  had  no  idea  he  was  coming.  I’m  so   answers in ways that are both like, and
                                              not like, the man inside.
        embarrassed; I have nothing to feed him!”  “Importunity”  (v8)  is  alternatively
          Joe knows that if he climbs out from   rendered  “persistence”  (HCSB),  or
        under the blanket, the cold draft will wake   “shamelessness”  (LEB  footnote).  This
        up Betty. And if he slides the heavy bolt to   word is used only here in the Bible and
        open the door, they will have crying kids   could literally be translated “not shame.”
        to get back to sleep. As much as Joe likes   In  this  parable,  it  may  describe  the
        his neighbor, this doesn’t seem like a good   shameless way in which the man outside
        time to move from the mat.            continued to plead until he got the bread.
          “Joe!  Please  help  me!  I  know  Betty   He didn’t care what anyone else in the
        baked lots of bread this morning. Please,   village thought about his banging on Joe’s
        I don’t have anywhere else to go. Joe, you   door at midnight – he just kept at it.
        know that if I don’t give him food, it will   Is  that  our  prayer  life?  Shameless
        look bad on the whole village!”       persistence  in  God’s  presence  shows
          That  is  the  picture  the  Lord  Jesus   how  seriously  we  take  prayer,  and
                                              how  seriously  we  desire  what  we  are
        painted for His disciples to teach them   requesting.  We  persist  in  our  studies,
        about praying. The parable ends with Joe   projects  and  lifegoals,  but  if  we  don’t
        getting out of bed to give the bread, and   persist in prayer, how seriously do we
        the Lord explains, “I say unto you, Though   desire what we are requesting? Do we
        he will not rise and give him, because he is   really believe prayer matters?
        his friend, yet because of his importunity   ¹ All Scripture quotations in this article are from
        he will rise and give him as many as he   the KJV unless otherwise noted.

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