10/13/2018 — Luke Chapter 11
Again, each section of scripture that we read is filled with wisdom and examples. There are many in this chapter. But in 11:8 one word, as translated in the NIV, caught my attention:
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.
What is it to ask shamelessly? In my mind it is to put all of my pride, my trust in my own abilities, and any thoughts of hope without faith in the Lord totally out of my mind and to just fall on my knees in prayer. We see multiple examples of this in scripture including the synagogue ruler falling at Jesus’s feet in pleading that his daughter be healed and the Canaanite (Syro-Phoenician) woman begging for the removal of demons from her daughter.
At times of crisis we also pray with this fervor, but do we do it daily when everything is “going well?”