In Bold Pursuit of Three Loaves.

Friend, lend me three loaves of bread. Luke 11:5b

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I have a neighbor who over the years has asked to borrow everything from a mere cup of sugar (maybe a whopping .40 cents?) to my daughter’s electric keyboard (okay, more than .40 cents).

A feathery sort of joy arises within me to be able to share with her from the abundance God has given me. But pity anyone who asks to borrow something when these selfish eyes suddenly obscure the appearance of my over-stocked pantry and make it into one with only meager portions.

Sorry, dude. I got nothin’.

In another exceptional teaching on prayer, Jesus tells His disciples of a bold bread seeker who went to his friend at midnight and asked for three loaves of bread for another friend who’d arrived unexpectedly along a journey and was in need.

Friend, lend me three loaves of bread. Luke 11:5b

The bold bread seeker could have justifiably told his traveling friend,

“Look, I truly have nothing to give you. And I’m not willing to bother my buddy in the middle of the night, so you’re out of luck here.”

But he didn’t.

Jesus knew the heart of the door-knocking, bread seeker, that his desire wasn’t to satisfy his own need, but the need of another.

The door-knocking, bread seeker demonstrated bold confidence in his neighbor friend’s ability to provide. Otherwise, he may have tapped lightly on the door and sheepishly asked,

“Say, you probably can’t help me out, but I’m wondering, like, do you have any food you could spare for this hungry dude out here? If not, that’s totally okay.”

Amazingly, despite being met by his friend’s snarky little, “Don’t bother me.” (NIV) – delivered through locked door – the bold bread seeker persisted on behalf of another.

The door-knocking, bread seeker asked for bread out of his poverty, not out of lust.

Was his persistence successful?

In Pursuit of Three Loaves-4-picmonkeyBecause of the man’s (bread seeker’s) boldness, he will get up and give him as much as he needs. Luke 11:8b

In Bold Pursuit of Three Loaves-3-picmonkeySo, yes, it was.

Just how far would I go to meet someone’s need? What if it’s inconvenient or embarrassing or costly?

Would I care enough to bug someone over the matter at midnight? Until the need was met?

And how are my prayers about the matter? Bold and persistent? Or brief and lame?

So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. Luke 11:9-10

Ask.

Seek.

And knock. Then knock and knock some more.

In Pursuit of Three Loaves-picmonkeyKnock-knock.

Who’s there?

Bold bread seeker.

Bold bread seeker who?

Look, friend, I’m in bold pursuit of three loaves again. And you well know from the last time I asked that I’m not leaving until I get what I came for.

Because of the man’s (bread seeker’s) boldness, he will get up and give him as much as he needs. Luke 11:8b

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