And he said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves; For a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him? And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee. I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth. Luke 11:5-8
Often people will say “God is so far away” or “ I don’t feel close to God” , however as Jesus’ teaching reveals to us, God wants us to seek him. Are you seeking Christ today? Are you knocking on God’s door expecting an answer? As the Bible says “You don’t receive because you don’t ask” (James 4:3) If you are not seeking God, then you will not find God. You must be seeking inorder to find, and the only way to find God is through Jesus Christ (John 14:6)
Jesus tells us a story about someone who knocks on their friends house late at night asking for food, and the friends response is “its late at night, stop bothering me”. Most likely we would never have bothered a friend or neighbor late at night, unless it was an emergency. However, because the person was persistent in requesting their needs, the friend gave them what they wanted.
What is Jesus trying to teach us here? Well for starters God is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, there is never a time when you are “bothering” God. Secondly, be persistent in your pursuit of God. Just as the person kept persistently bothering their friend , keep knocking on the door, keep seeking Christ in all your needs, small or great
And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If ye 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? Luke 11:9-13
Jesus is telling us to seek Him, Jesus is telling us to knock on the door and He will answer. These are promises written by God, even in the darkest hours of the night, even for the smallest reasons, cry out to The Lord and he will answer you. I know you may doubt this or not believe, but if you don’t ask you won’t receive. Faith begins with a step forward, a knock on the door of Christ
Think about how we love to buy people great gifts, why? Because it makes them happy and we feel a sense of satisfaction when they receive them. God feels the same way about you. God is willing to give you the gift of the Holy Spirit, the greatest power in the universe, the same power that rose Jesus from the dead (Romans 8:15) the same power living inside of You
Seek Christ, ask for The Lord to answer your calling, Jesus wants to give you the greatest gift of eternal life and the Holy Spirit! Call upon The Lord and you shall be saved Amen!