Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Buechner: persistence in prayer

Tuesday, January 22, 2019
    Then [Jesus] said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend, and he goes to him at midnight and says, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, because a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have nothing to set before him.’
    “Then the one inside answers, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children are with me in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything.’ I tell you, though he will not get up and give him the bread because he is his friend, yet because of the man’s boldness he will get up and give him as much as he needs.”
    —Luke 11:5-8 (NIV)
    According to Jesus, by far the most important thing about praying is to keep at it... Be importunate, Jesus says—not, one assumes, because you have to beat a path to God’s door before he’ll open it, but because until you beat the path maybe there’s no way of getting to your door.
    ... Frederick Buechner (b. 1926), Wishful Thinking: A Theological ABC, Harper & Row, 1973, revised, HarperCollins, 1993, p. 70 (see the book)
    See also Luke 11:5-8; Gen. 32:26; Matt. 15:22-28; Luke 18:1-8; Rom. 15:30; Col. 4:12; 1 Thess. 5:17
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, make me faithful in prayer.
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