Day 148 – Shameless Audacity
On: March 28, 2015   |   By: admin   |   Under: Blog   |   Comments: Comments are off

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; a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have no food to offer him.’ 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.’ 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. “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. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Luke 11:5-10

According to a national newspaper, £16 billion of UK state benefit remained unclaimed in  2010. That’s an average of £266 for every man, woman and child in Britain! Presumably it’s too optimistic to suggest that it be deducted from our tax bills the following year so we could all benefit anyway!

Jesus urges us to take up the challenge that, if we ask, we will receive. One thing is for sure, if we don’t ask, we won’t receive. Imagine an official from the Benefit Office knocking on my front door: “Sorry to bother you Mr Ward, but here’s an envelope containing your unclaimed benefit from last year.”

I don’t think so!

There are two words that jumped out at me as I read this passage: shameless audacity. In the story, the man asked for bread to make a sandwich for his late guest with shameless audacity. By implication, the basis on which we can ask God in prayer for the things we need, is with shameless audacity.

It is shameless as, when we accept Jesus’ sacrifice for us on the cross, and name Him as Saviour and Lord of our lives, we don’t have to weigh up our own deservedness. Our acceptability is based on nothing but Jesus’ merit.

It can be audacious as, courtesy of our new status, we are adopted sons and daughters of the King to Whom we present ourselves. And, as any parent will know, kids are not backwards in coming forwards with their requests.

Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find

Prayer:

Father God, give me today my daily bread, the things I need to live the life you have called me to. And please fill my heart with gratitude that I can ask with shameless audacity knowing that you will answer. Amen

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