Sunday, May 06, 2012

Impudent Prayer

30 Days with Jesus

Day 21 - Luke 11 v 1 -11

I tell you, though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his impudence he will rise and give him whatever he needs. v 8

The Disciples saw Jesus praying and decided to ask Him how to pray. His explanation of how to pray has now become the most famous prayer in the world. Growing up we would say "The Lords Prayer" every day at the start of the school day. Not that my school had any Christian links but it just seemed to be tradition. I suspecting doing the same now would create one huge crazy storm of arguments.

After his description of what to pray Jesus then goes on to explain HOW we should pray. Reading the metaphor Jesus describes in v8 most translations it talks about a person getting an answer because of their PERSISTENCE. I was intrigued to find that the ESV uses the word IMPUDENCE.

Not a word that I would use when describing talking to God. In my native Doric tongue the word is said IMPIDINT. It's a word I heard often. "At man is afa impidint" - That man is very rude, insolent, impertinent. Not words I'd use when describing my conversation with God.

But it would certainly seem that Jesus is telling us to pray BOLD CONSISTENT prayers that to people looking on could even be misunderstood as BRAZENNESS but us knowing that our hearts are right before God


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