The Parable of the Friend at Midnight
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; a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have no food to offer him.’ 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.’ 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.
“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; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
“Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
This passage is about the power of prayer. Prayers are not always answered as we might expect. I had one particular experience when once feeling very low late at night I went for a walk and found myself by Granton Parish Church and a notice board with Norman’s number on it. Something made me call that number and something made Norman not only answer it but to come out and meet me, in the dark, a complete stranger and pray with me.
That night changed my life.
Prayer: Our God and Father in heaven, we come before you, acknowledging that prayers do not always receive the answers we are looking for as we are not party to Your plans for us. However there are also times. We trust and obey according to our mortal abilities and thank You for bringing us to a place in our lives of faith. We thank You for this and continuing blessings in the name of Your Son, our Lord Jesus.
Action: Ask God is there anyone he would like you to reach out to? Either for help or to help them.
This Thought was written by Norman Dyer