Nov 17, 2019 |Parables

Shameless Boldness

11.17.19 | Parables

Shameless Boldness

Luke 11:5-13

We are called to shamelessly come to God our father in prayer. Do you have a persistence in your approaching God in prayer? TJ Auten shares the parable of the midnight friend in need and encourages us that shameless boldness is prayerfulness that comes from knowing God’s fatherliness. Because Jesus came before us to take our shame, we can come to the throne of grace with boldness.

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He was praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John also taught his disciples.”’
Luke 11:1


He also said to them: “Suppose one of you has a friend and goes to him at midnight and says to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, because a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I don’t have anything to offer him.’
Luke 11:5-6

Then he will answer from inside and say, ‘Don’t bother me! The door is already locked, and my children and I have gone to bed. I can’t get up to give you anything.’
Luke 11:7

I tell you, even though he won’t get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his friend’s shameless boldness, he will get up and give him as much as he needs.
Luke 11:8

Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens — Jesus the Son of God — let us hold fast to our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who has been tempted in every way as we are, yet without sin.
Hebrews 4:14-15

In the Garden of Gethsemane, leading up to the cross, Jesus cried out, “Abba, Father,” but he was met with silence. He cried out, “Abba, Father” and was forsaken so we could cry out, “Abba, Father” with confidence. He was pushed away so we could have the assurance of always being drawn close.

JD Greear

“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. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead of a fish? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?”
Luke 11:9-13

God will either give us what we ask for in prayer or give us what we would have asked for if we knew everything he knows.

Tim Keller