You ask about prayer…

…and you never know what you’ll learn

Not every monthly newsletter is going be preachy, but I’ve just read Luke Chapter 11. If you’ll read the first 13 verses of that chapter we’ll be on the same page. Read it Here

Can you imagine knocking on the door of someone’s house at 3:00 AM to borrow some food? I guess we’re a bit removed from the days of popping next door for a cup of sugar. I can’t imagine knocking on my neighbor’s door for much of anything beyond ‘your house is one fire’. So we immediately have to look at Jesus’ response to the disciple’s question from a time and place where neighbors actually talk to one another. Second we have to remember that Jesus wasn’t talking about actually begging your neighbor for something. Check out the context again. The disciples are asking their teacher how to pray. Whoa. I know, right? So what does He say about prayer with a short story about begging for food?

I know if I were on the receiving end of this door knock I would be slinging the ‘not my problem’ excuse pretty quickly. If you look at the words being used the sleepy and groggy neighbor isn’t rebuking the requestor…just making excuses. Jesus says that the person will come to the door and give you what you need. I think there can be interpretive difference in whether it’s because of the shameless audacity of the requestor or because the person being asked wants to keep their name clean. They don’t want to be thought of a person who doesn’t care about their neighbors. I think it could be both because we know that if someone is willing to bang on a door at 3:00 AM they are also willing to tell everyone who will listen how they asked for help and were rejected.

I think Jesus is asking us to be tenacious in our prayers. He’s telling us to be persuasive. We’re encouraged to be brash and bold…maybe even aggressive in our requests during prayer. Not because we think that God responds to threats or just to grease the squeaky wheel, but because the demonstration of our resolve to have our prayers heard is exactly the type of prayer technique that our God wants from us. Pray for those who hunger. Pray for those who suffer. Pray for those with the technique that Christ taught us as documented in Luke.

Our prayers at are surrounding our growth into an organization that stands on its own. Today we are propped up by some wonderful organizations that are happy to help us but clearly have their own day-to-day issues to deal with. We’re working hard to become an independent project of the World Fellowship of Methodist and Uniting Church Men (WesleyMen). We hope that you’ll pray for our organization to grow in strength and support as we transition from incubation at the hands of our partners to an organization with its own two legs and arms outstretched and hand-in-hand with alliance partners who will share our vision of a World Movement to End Hunger.

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