Happy Independence Day Sunday! Although we will have our normal schedule this AM at Tucson Baptist Church, do not forget to attend the annual church picnic at 5:00 PM at Udall Park. All of the food will be provided; plus, there will be fellowship, games, water games, and a challenge from Pastor Abel.
Principle number one that we have already examined is that we must pray with consistency. Today, we learn in principle number two that we must pray with character! After giving the outline in The Model Prayer, Jesus never said “amen,” but continued on teaching about prayer by sharing a parable.
He asked them to imagine going to a friend… at midnight with the request to be lent three loaves of bread to sit before a friend. This friend has arrived at your home unexpectedly. Our character matters! Why? Understand that WE stand BETWEEN God and our unsaved friends. Our character matters!
This is a picture of a man who has two friends. He has a friend with plenty of bread and a friend who is starving. Every believer has these same two friends. We have our friendship with God, the Friend that sticks closer than a brother, who owns the cattle on a thousand hills; while at the same time, we have friendships with those who have not come to Christ and are bankrupt spiritually.
In The Model Prayer, we learn to pray for our own daily bread. In the parable, we learn to ask for bread for others. In the Bible, bread was a staple and is always the symbol of life. We learn this especially from today’s verse. Jesus said, He is the bread. Feed from Him today.