- Jesus was teaching His disciples to reliably pray.
- Our prayers should be like a child talking with her father.
- Christ addresses God as Father because He is both personal and loving.
- Prayer should be a simple and daily task for the children of God.
- A man’s friend comes at midnight asking for help in providing hospitality.
- The man does not know the traveler, but he does owe the traveler.
- The man agrees to help out of the shameless persistence of his friend and to avoid the shame he would bear.
- If sinful people will help out someone they are annoyed with, how much will a righteous God help those He loves?
- God is waiting to bless us, we just need to ask.
- Just as we give good gifts to our kids, our Father longs to give good gifts to us.
- God is the good Father who wants to give the best to His children.
- However, this passage is not saying whatever we ask of God we will receive.
Sometimes, God does not answer because:
- What we want is sinful.
- It is not the right time.
- It is not for our best.
Sometimes, God does not answer.
- Faith in Christ has made us right with God and has given us the best gift, the Holy Spirit.
- We may not always receive what we ask for, but we will always have what we need.