God Loves Persistence

William C. Brownson

READ : Luke 11:5-10

What a picture from life! A Jewish homeowner has just received a visitor. It’s late at night and he has no food for his guest. Pained at the thought of being inhospitable, he goes out at midnight to a friend’s house.

He knocks. No answer. He knocks again. Still no response. But he’s desperate enough to keep knocking, even when the neighborhood dogs begin to howl. The sleepy friend inside is reluctant, tells him to go away. Still he knocks.

Finally, the friend gets up, stumbles to the door, and gives him what he needs. According to Jesus, the key to the knocker’s final success was not so much friendship as persistence.

Then the Lord says to his followers, “Ask, and it will be given you; search and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you.” In other words, be like that midnight caller.

What’s the promise here? Simply this, that no heartfelt, persistent praying will ever be in vain. Though we cannot predict the time or the form of his answer, God will always respond. Unfailingly we have his word for it our prayers will make a difference.


O God, may this conviction shape our praying for a life-time. You will not turn away our heartfelt prayer. Amen.