The way they interact with each other - the way they interact with their parents. Their little minds always at work.
We were in Meijers walking around & Luke (the middle brother) kept trying to get his big brother's attention.
Isaac! Isssaaaaccccc!!!!.... IsaAACCC! .... ISAACCCCC!!!
& the whole time we were trying to get Luke's attention but he was having none of it - he just wanted his brother to turn around & look at him.
I know if you have kids, you know when they are constantly yelling for you.
Mom! MOM!!! MOOOMMM!!!!!
How many of you just heard your child's voice in your head?
Heck, my dog doesn't have a voice, but I know Harvey is saying that same thing when he brings his ball & drops it in my lap ....for the 50th time.... trying to get me throw it & I just knock it out of my way... nope, here comes the ball again dropped in my lap. He refuses to walk away. He wants to play... He wants to play NOW...
Over & over. Usually until I end up throwing the ball with him & giving him exactly what he wants.
|Now this dog likes to play ball!|
And this week, I got to talk to the kiddos in youth about prayer & what Jesus tells us about it.
Jesus just finished telling us HOW to pray, giving the example of the Lord's Prayer... & then he goes into this weird story
Luke 11:5-8New International Version (NIV)
5 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; 6 a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have no food to offer him.’ 7 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.’ 8 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.
How does this have anything to do with prayer?
I never really noticed the point before...
But if you read it again & think of the situation in your mind, it all comes down to the man knocking at the door. He won't give up. He knows he needs help & he knows he can't handle it on his own.
Friend... Frrriiiennnndddd..... FRIEND!!!! OPEN UP!!!!
It's his "shameless audacity"... what cool wording...
Audacity means fearlessness... bravery... BOLDNESS!
This man is coming to the door not giving up. Not walking away.
God... GOD.... Gooooooddddddd.... GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
......& because of that, the man will give him what is needed.
The next verses are ones that we know...
9 “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. 10 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
We think of prayer & so many times we think, "Well I asked God for something & He didn't give it to me... He doesn't hear my prayers.... What's the point?"
But we're reminded her that we have to ask... we have to seek... we have to knock....
We can't just tap the door, mumble what we want & then get frustrated & walk away thinking that the person behind the door just doesn't care, doesn't love us, isn't there for us.
We have to be BOLD... we have to be FEARLESS... we have to have a SHAMELESS AUDACITY in our prayers.
Being persistent. Going to Him with a humble heart knowing that we can't handle things on our own.
All prayers aren't answered immediately... but that doesn't mean God isn't working. It could take days, weeks... even years... but are you still asking God for help that long?
Let's approach Him with confidence... never giving up on needing Him...
& God will be honored to know his child is always coming to Him...
even if its just to say Hi