My Daughter is Obsessed With Chewing Gum

by Andrew Forrest

We made the mistake of giving our two year-old daughter chewing gum earlier this summer. (It was a moment of temporary parental insanity, Your Honor.) I’m assuming that the gum we gave her included heroin, because since then she’s become obsessed with it. This morning–and this is 100% true–she asked me for chewing gum at 6:45 AM. And here’s the thing: no matter how many times we tell her, “No,” she will ask again, undaunted, 20 minutes later, or 2 minutes later, or 5 seconds later, “Kin I half gumm? Kin I?”

[Note to the reader–and I am not making this up–she literally just asked us again as I am in the midst of writing this post. Let the record show that she just “brushed” her teeth, and that it is 7:45 PM and her bedtime. We’ve created a monster.]

Jesus says that that’s the way we should behave in prayer:

Then Jesus said to them, “Suppose you have a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have no food to offer him.’ And suppose the one inside answers, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children and I are in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything.’ I tell you, even though he will not get up and give you the bread because of friendship, yet because of your shameless audacity he will surely get up and give you as much as you need.

Luke 11:5-8

Persistence, according to Jesus, is an important ingredient in prayer.

What have you quit praying for?

Today’s Scripture:

Luke 11:1-13


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3 comments

Sunny Kern August 23, 2019 - 6:25 am

I love one translation’s choice of the word “importunity.” I believe it is the NIV that uses uses “shameless audacity.” When I was in early grade school my mother called me pest for my continued asking, so good luck with your daughter.

Do you think importunity has anything to do with answered prayer? There certainly are a number of promises attached to prayer and faith.

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Andrew Forrest August 23, 2019 - 1:59 pm

I think it’s more that if a normal person will respond to a shameless request, how much more will the Lord when people ask him for things. It’s such a fun parable!

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Susan McCormack August 29, 2019 - 1:30 pm

This is so adorable. I need to come to church again to hopefully meet your precious daughter.

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