Refresh yourself with yesterday’s devotion if you do not remember the story. So Jesus says in Luke 11:8, “I say unto you, though he will not rise and give him because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity (persistence) he will rise and give him as many as he needeth.” For this man it is not friendship and loyalty that drives his response but the continual knocking. Read Jesus’ response in today’s verses listed above.
The point is that God is not like the reluctant friend. He loves us. He meets our needs. If persistence will work on a reluctant friend, how much more will persistence in prayer touch the heart of a loving, gracious, giving God? God responds to persistence.
In fact, if you keep reading, Jesus asks what kind of father would give his son a stone when he asks for bread? What kind of human father would give a serpent instead of a fish or a scorpion instead of an egg? He then concludes, “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him!” (11:13).
So the idea is keep on asking, keep on seeking the Lord in prayer. Pray and don’t cease, don’t stop, don’t give up because our Heavenly Father is far more loving, far more compassionate, far more merciful and tender-hearted than any earthly father.
I challenge you to take one prayer and pray persistently based upon Luke 11.