And he will answer from within, “Do not bother me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed. I cannot get up and give you anything”? I tell you, though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his impudence he will rise and give him whatever he needs.
When this man reaches out to his friend it is midnight—an inconvenient time. His kids and family were all asleep. In this time in history it is very likely that this family were all sleeping in the same room. The bed would have been raised 18 inches, so that the family was not sleeping on the dirt floors where the animals resided. By midnight everyone was settled in for the night. If you have kids, you know how amazing it is when your kids are fast asleep, and you don’t want anyone to disturb them. This dad quickly wants this friend to go away. Even though they seem to be close enough friends for this man to think of him at midnight, it still did not guarantee this friend was going to give him what he wants.
Just because we have a level of friendship or relationship with Jesus does not guarantee we will get everything He has available for us. This friend would have never received the bread that he needed if he never got up and went to his friend’s house, but even when he arrived at his friend’s, there were levels of opposition to him receiving what he desired.
The same is true for us. Although Jesus has removed all barriers between us and His presence—and it is clear that He is truly willing, wanting and able to give us what we need by His grace—this does not mean we have what we need from Him. Jesus has the solution; He has the what we need. If this is the case, why do we not have what He has for us?
Jesus reveals that just having the knowledge of a relationship is not enough. Jesus is showing us that He knows many of us won’t or don’t pray—even though He is our savior and friend. There are doors in the way. Doors of discouragement. Doors of condemnation. Doors of doubt. Doors of fear. Doors of past mistakes. Doors of past failures. Doors of shame. Doors of guilt. We need to knock hard on these doors until they open. We need to not let anything of self or this world deter us from receiving what our loving Father has waiting for us. He wants us to be shameless and bold in our asking, in our seeking and in our knocking.
Let’s knock, and keep knocking until we see an answer. God is not unwilling, but our flesh, our mind and the world we live in will create barriers. Let’s bring these barriers down through prayer, and receive the fullness of His love today. Don’t let your Christianity be nominal or just a label but rather a reality. Prayer says Jesus is not just friend in theory but our friend in reality.
Boldness knocks, and grace opens on the other side.
Let’s begin to knock together as a church. Let’s pray.
“Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16
// Pastor Josh Kelsey