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:
5 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; 6 a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have no food to offer him.’ 7 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.’ 8 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?
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