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Loaves of bread at Stroud, Gloucestershire UK,...

Loaves of bread at Stroud, Gloucestershire UK, farmers' market (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Today’s Scripture is one of Jesus great parable lessons and it points out with a touch of humor, that God’s people must persist in their prayers, and that God is always ready to give.  The setting is midnight.  A journeying friend has arrived, presumably unexpected.  Social custom dictates providing food, but the bread is gone and the person has nothing for him to eat.  The person knows that another friend has some bread, so he goes to him and asks to borrow three loaves of bread.

Now listen to how Jesus the Master Teacher tells the story, [parable].  “Then he said, “Imagine what would happen if you went to a friend in the middle of the night and said, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread. An old friend traveling through just showed up, and I don’t have a thing on hand.’

“The friend answers from his bed, ‘Don’t bother me. The doors locked; my children are all down for the night; I can’t get up to give you anything.’

“But let me tell you, even if he won’t get up because he’s a friend, if you stand your ground, knocking and waking all the neighbors, he’ll finally get up and get you whatever you need.

(Luke 11:5-8 MSG)

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