Luke 11:1 NIV
One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.”
The prayer went on to describe the intimacy that causes us to understand this is a sacred relationship. This is about God’s kingdom. You cannot have a kingdom without a king. It is clear to us that we are in a sovereign relationship with a loving father. Even in the mundane things in life, He cares for us. He would never want any issue to separate us. God is concerned that our relationship with others would be modified because of our relationship with Him.
Jesus then goes into a short parable about someone who has a friend that impolitely shows up at midnight. Prevailing upon the friendship, he asks for not only one loaf; but three loaves of bread. His excuse seems to be flimsy. “I have nothing," he says before his friend. The man inside the home is disturbed by his friend as it is a late hour. [Go away. Do not bother me. I do not want to give you what you ask.] Yet the scripture says that the man did get up and give the bread because he was his friend.
In this parable we see relationship and the intensity of it when a request is made that seems to be inconvenient. In light of that Jesus says, “Ask and it will be given to you. Seek and you will find. Knock and the door will be opened.” Jesus is not trying to build a case of His father’s indifference, but He is clearly trying to show them how they can trust in our Father God for His goodness.
These words spoken in regards to prayer are meant to embolden us in our relationship with our heavenly father. In John 10:11 Jesus says for everyone. There are no exceptions. The words He used are receives, finds, and it is opened. This is a powerful and reassuring relationship that we have in prayer.
His final assertion is if you fathers who are of this world know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who are asking? Again He assures us that it is about relationship. It is about the Holy Spirit coming and indwelling us. It is my prayer that we, as a church, will know and understand that boldness that comes from an intimate relationship with the father. Our prayers are heard. Our intensity needs to be strengthened. He reassures us that all is well and we can come to Him for every circumstance.