BE PERSISTENT AND STAND YOUR GROUND
Neither this message nor this lesson is about the stand your ground laws that have sprung up all over the country, but it is truly a profound message and it is ironic that Jesus taught us the exact same message but with a different meaning than we have in the now famous stand your ground law that first sprung up in Florida. In Luke the eleventh chapter, verses five through eight, this is what Jesus said in these three verses about standing your ground. 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 are 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.
Jesus message was presented as a parable with a touch of humor teaching us that in our prayer life, our prayers to the Father, we must learn how to Be Persistent and Stand our Ground, knowing without a doubt that the Father is always ready to give to His Children.
Jesus further points out that the two people in this lesson are close friends and the one that has already gone to bed, put his children to bed and do not want to be disturbed he might not get up for the sake of the friendship. However, if you keep knocking long enough, being persistent and not giving up, he will get up, although he might be angry, and ready to punch you out, but because of the friends persistent in continuing to knock, he will get up.
Jesus wants us to understand this very important fact and that is boldness in prayer overcomes the praying person’s apathy, not God’s perceived insensitivity to practice persistence changes the hearts and minds of those praying, and it helps them understand and express the intensity of their need.
Persistence in prayer helps them to recognize God’s work. By praying persistently, believers are not trying to get a reluctant God to answer their prayers, instead, they are showing that they are very serious about their request.
Therefore, in all that you do from this day forward, “BE PERSISTENT AND STAND YOUR GROUND!”