By Patrick Hawthorne

bold prayer

Shameless!  For over a week the word, “Shameless,” has tumbled around in my mind.  I wake up thinking about it and drift off to sleep thinking about it.  For the first couple of days I accused my subconscious of playing a cruel trick on me.  However, it was when I tuned in to watch, “The Voice,” and one of the contestants sang, “Shameless,” that I figured the Lord had a lesson for me to learn. With a simple prayer, I set out on my journey of discovery.  Within a very short time the Holy Spirit guided me towards Luke 11:5-10.

“And he said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves; For a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him? And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee. I say unto you, though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth.  And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.  For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.” (Luke 11:5-10 KJV bold mine)

As a little backdrop, one of the disciples came to Jesus asking, “Lord, teach us to pray…”  As is His habit, Jesus incorporated a teachable story into His response. In verse 8, Jesus says, “I say unto you, though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needs.

That one little word… “Importunity.”  How many times have I glossed over it as I read that passage?  Looking up importunity in Vine’s Expository Dictionary I knew I had the answer I was seeking.  Importunity indicates shamelessness and is used to illustrate the need for earnestness and perseverance in prayer.

As I have written before, we are not to confuse the attitude of the not-so-good-of-a-friend with how our Heavenly Father responds to our prayers. Jesus was actually contrasting the annoyed attitude of the friend with the overwhelming willingness of our Heavenly Father to answer our petitions.  But here’s the part where many miss it.  Our Heavenly Father desires that when we pray according to His Word and His will we are to have an, “I will not take no for an answer,” type attitude.  His desire is for us to come before His throne of grace with a shameless persistence; with a bold persistence (Heb 4:16).  I know I just upset the apple cart of a few readers, but let’s be honest.  Are you seeing many answers to your wishy-washy timid prayers?  I would dare say that you are not.

Look to the faith giants in the Word if you do not believe me.  Look at how Moses approached Almighty God to stay His hand from wiping out the Israelites.  Look at how King David, a man after God’s heart, worshipped so intensely that he praised right out of his clothes.  These were ordinary people just like us.  However, their prayers were bold and persistent.  Their prayers were, “I’m desperate,” type prayers.  Be blessed.

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4 comments on “Shameless
  1. Amen! I am all about the shamelessness. Christ actually goes to the cross, “despising the shame” on our behalf. So shame does not belong to us anymore. Kind of an interesting thing, shame is always related to pride. It’s pride that makes us shameful and pride is another thing we should be letting go of.

    So, now we can go, “boldly before the throne of grace,” asking for what we need with that “importunity” you spoke of. With the full authority of Jesus Christ standing beside us.


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