While my daughter was sick last week, I began to think about what Jesus taught about prayer. I recalled the story He told about a man going to his friend’s house to ask him for bread in the middle of the night.
It wasn’t the fact that the man was his friend that made the sleeping man get up and give him bread. It was the impudence of the man who kept knocking on the door to ask for the bread that got his friend up to give him the loaves. The following is the commentary found in the Lutheran Study Bible:
“Jesus teaches that Christian prayers are unfailingly heard because God has promised to hear us, and He always keeps His promises. Were prayer to depend on us, we could never be sure of God’s response, because sin corrupts completely. We can depend on God to keep His promise to hear us and answer us because He never breaks His word. Prayer is a blessed opportunity granted by the Gospel.” • “What a friend we have in Jesus, All our sins and griefs to bear! What a privilege to carry Ev’rything to God in prayer! Oh, what peace we often forfeit; Oh, what needless pain we bear – All because we do not carry Ev’rything to God in prayer!” Amen. Lutheran Study Bible, pp. 1736-1737