THEME: FRIENDSHIP WITH GOD
Luke 11:5-8 NKJV
“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.”
-Jesus often prayed and sometimes separated Himself and went to an isolated place for prayer. He never taught His disciples how to preach well, but only how to pray. To know how to speak to God is more valuable than knowing how to speak to man. Jesus reveals the importance of persist prayer through the parable of the friend who comes at midnight to ask for bread. Through persistent prayer his needs are responded to and he receives his request. Therefore we realize that friendship with God requires consistent prayer without ceasing, even though the help of the Holy Spirit. Hannah prayed consistently and she received her request of a son, Samuel (1 Samuel 1:9-28). Let us therefore not grow weary of praying to God or get discouraged but when we are persistent in prayer God will surely grant our requests.
Father You are Good and Your mercies endures forever. We thank You for Your goodness and mercies upon our lives. We appreciate You for You are our God, and Savior and our lives belong to You. Everything belongs to You. You have said in Your word that when Your children ask for bread You cannot give them a stone. Oh Lord may You grant us our prayer requests and hearts desires. May You open the flood gates of heaven and shower us with Your blessings. May You heal all the sick and suffering among us. May You open business and work opportunities for us and those who are waiting on You. May You prosper all our school going children and our educational needs. May You release us and our loved ones from every chain of the enemy. May You deliver us from every delayed prayer requests and answer us merciful Savior. May You draw us closer to You dear Jesus and teach us how to pray. May You bless our nation and guide our leaders with Your wisdom. Our Father who art in heaven; hallowed be Your name; Your Kingdom come; Your 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 evil; for thine is the Kingdom the power and the glory; forever and ever. Amen
Further reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:17