And He said to them, “Which of you shall have a friend, and go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves; for a friend of mine has come to me on his journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; and he will answer from within and say, ‘Do not trouble me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give to you’? I say to you, though he will not rise and give to him because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will rise and give him as many as he needs.
-As the saying goes; a friend in need is a friend in deed. In times of need; we find help and comfort from our friends. Through this parable; Jesus reveals that there are times when friendship fails but perseverance conquers all situations. He tells us to ask and it will be given unto us; seek and we will find; knock and the door will be opened unto us (Lk 11:9). Jesus also reminds us to prayer without ceasing. As we keep praying for our needs, our prayers come to Christ and when we persevere they are accomplished. We also realise that endurance is a two-edged sword which cuts through both; the intentions of the one in need and those of the one giving. Like the one who places the request, we are reminded to endure while doing good; and in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart (Gal 6:9).
Fill us with the fruit of patience Holy Spirit so that we may not loose heart when praying but persevere to the end. Answer all our prayers and hearts desires Lord; we humbly ask You. Our Father who at in heaven hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come; thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptations but deliver us from all evil. For thine is the kingdom the power and the glory, forever and ever. Amen
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