And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.  (Luke 11:9)

After teaching the Lord’s Prayer to His disciples, Jesus told a parable (Luke 11:5-10) about a man who knocked on his friend’s door at midnight to borrow three loaves of bread to feed an unexpected guest.  The friend inside the house answered, “Don’t bother me!  My children are in bed, and I cannot help you.”  Jesus pointed out that if the man kept knocking long enough, the unwilling friend would get up and give him what he needed because of his bold persistence.  

Jesus' parable, “The Friend at Midnight,” teaches us to be persistent and fervent in our prayer life.  If our prayers are delayed or seemingly unanswered, He wants us not to lose heart.  Persistent prayer draws us closer to Christ and encourages spiritual growth.  But notice the contrast in this parable, for God is not like the reluctant friend, who does not want to be bothered.  You can go to Him at midnight, and He is not too busy or unapproachable or put off by your neediness.  The Father wants you to come and ask for what you need, as a child comes to his or her earthly father.  His answer will be what is best for you, according to His will and timing.  Never hesitate to bring your needs or concerns to God, for you are His child, and He wants to answer your prayers and be involved in your life. 

Heavenly Father, thank You for welcoming our prayers at any hour and for caring about our needs and concerns.  Strengthen our relationship with Jesus and help us to be persistent in our prayer life.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.   


Susan Ferguson is a freelance writer who lives in Madison, Mississippi with her husband. She is an accountant by profession and works during the day and writes at night. She is a member of Faithwriters and participates in their daily devotional. She likes to read, travel, and cook for family and friends.