Monday, August 19, 2013

August 19 - Monday - Tiffany

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Galatians 3, Psalm 144, Job 19-20
Today's scripture focus is Luke 11:5-10
Then Jesus said to them, “Suppose you have a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have no food to offer him.’ And suppose the one inside answers, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children and I are in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything.’ I tell you, even though he will not get up and give you the bread because of friendship, yet because of your shameless audacity he will surely get up and give you as much as you need.“So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

I looked up this passage on to see what lessons they would have listed.  I was surprised to see so many of them talking about a delay in answer to prayer, because I had never really taken that passage this way.
Instead, as I've read this passage, I've felt that this was Jesus saying, "It doesn't matter the time or place, come to God.  Talk with Him.  Seek His goodness, mercy, love, abundance, and you will receive it."

But the more I think about it, the idea of a delay in an answer, or the idea of really sticking to our guns about something makes sense.
Remember Jacob wrestling with the angel (Genesis 35:1-7)?  He was not going to let the angel go until he received a blessing.  It led to a hip out of a joint, a new name "Israel," and a blessing.

Maybe this story of coming to a friend at midnight, not the most convenient time, and sticking around, continuing to ask, being bold enough to bother someone, is exactly like Jacob wrestling the angel for a blessing.

It isn't that God doesn't want to answer us, it isn't that God doesn't want to give us everything He can to bless our lives.  It is that He wants us to learn something - patience, tenacity, audaciousness (yes, it can be a good thing), or maybe even that we're asking for the wrong thing.

I'm going to chew on this today.  Maybe, just maybe, those "unanswered" prayers are that way because I wasn't bold enough, or patient enough, or persistent enough.
It's an interesting thought.

Tomorrow's scripture focus: Luke 11:11-13
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage passage: Galatians 4, Psalm 145, Job 21-22

1 comment:

Miriam said...

It is an interesting thought.