Thursday, June, 30, 2016 | 1:42 PM | by Pastor Rick
Knocking On Heavens Door Part 2
Knocking On Heavens Door Part 2
Hebrews 4:16 sort of pulls together the principle that we learned in Part 1 from Luke 1:5-13. “So we draw near with boldness to the throne of grace, to receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” It’s not a throne of law, it’s not a throne of justice, it’s not a throne of judgment, it’s a throne of grace?
The word “boldness, means “freedom in speaking”. It means “to say whatever you want to say.” It means “to be bold in your speech.” It means “to be open and frank.” And as we would say, “to be up front and say it like it is.”
Based on scripture we are to go to God with openness, frankness, boldness, and confidence, and ask for whatever we want from the One who is dispensing grace and mercy to help. This is a promise I think often overlooked, that we are told to come to God with boldness for what is on our hearts.
That is the attitude of bold prayer that goes to God and says, “You made the promise. You said to come. You said to ask what’s on our heart. You said to be bold, so here we are.” That kind of boldness is what Jesus is teaching here in this wonderfully rich passage in Luke chapter 11:5-13.
Our simplest prayer is not insignificant to God, just as the illustration in Luke 11:5-13 was so simple.
All the man wanted was three little pieces of bread. That seems like a trivial thing, not a necessity, not an emergency, not a great need. And that’s exactly why Jesus used that as an illustration. What may seem a small thing to you considering the greatness of God and the vastness of His kingdom and His eternal purposes is not at all a small thing.
You don’t need to feel embarrassed when you go to God. You don’t need to feel like your trivialities don’t matter to Him.
Now the key word in Luke 11:5-13 is the word “persistence.”
It’s a word for being “shameless.” It’s a word for being “overly aggressive.” It’s a word for, as we said last time, having a lot of nerve or a lot of gall. It’s a word to describe, you know, rushing in where angels fear to tread, that kind of attitude.
And Jesus is saying here this man got what he wanted because he was shameless. He got up in the middle of the night, he went right over there and he bothered his neighbor, and he didn’t seem to concern him that the man was asleep, he was in bed with his family. It was in the middle of the night and he was going to disrupt the whole family. Everybody’s going to get up.
This is a bold thing to do. This is a brash thing to do. This is a thing that takes some nerve to do, to wake up this entire family in the middle of the night for something as simple as three biscuits.
The Lord is teaching us here something about how we approach Him. He’s calling in this passage for bold, shameless interruptions, prayer that is aggressive, that goes to God when it may seem inopportune; not rushing in and rushing out, but unburdening your whole heart.
Listen up guys! You can go to God because He’s a loving Father. But He’s a loving Father far beyond the most loving father in this world who is by nature sinful and who does his best to give good gifts but is sinful and limited in his abilities to provide.
I believe Luke 11 is saying how much more will your heavenly Father love you with a perfect love? How much more with perfect wisdom, and perfect compassion, and perfect mercy and grace, and perfect understanding of your situation, and perfect goodness give to you?
So when you go to God, and you go with boldness, and you go with persistence, and you rush in and you unload what’s on your heart, and first you ask, and then you start pleading, and then you start banging, know this, that God is delighted with that - delighted with that - because He, with His perfect love, and perfect wisdom, and perfect power, and perfect provision is able to give the best to His children. In fact, Psalm 84:11 says, “He withholds no good thing from those who walk uprightly,”
He holds nothing back. So how much more shall your heavenly Father give than any earthly father?
You see, this is the generosity of God. You ask for the product, He gives the source. Wow!! What generosity!!! He gives you according to His riches, not out of His riches. You ask God for some money, He gives you the bank. That’s the point. I’ll just give you myself through the Holy Spirit, then you’ve got it all because out of the Holy Spirit comes my power. Wow!!
How generous is God? He not only gives you the good gifts, but He plants in you permanently the source of every one of them.
I mean, the generosity of this is absolutely staggering. It’s all over the top, the whole passage. God is not like that neighbor, is He? Who was bothered and said, “Go away,” but finally relented. God is so generous. He gives us more than we could even imagine because since we can’t comprehend God, or His power, or His wisdom, or His resources, we can’t comprehend the Spirit, even though He lives in us.
That’s why He’s able to do exceeding, “abundantly above all we can ask or think.” Don’t dishonor God by doubting His generosity. Go to Him in the middle of your night and know you couldn’t interrupt Him. He delights that you’re there. And hold Him to His promises and be persistent and demand that He listen and give you what is best. Does this help you to see prayer in a different way? I hope so!
God gives us way beyond what we could ever comprehend. We ask for a gift and He gives us Himself. As a result we can only say, “Thank You,” and we will come, and we will plead, and we will pray, we will ask, we will seek, we will knock, because He has told us that that’s how we will receive and find, and the floodgates will be opened to us.
Man, what a God we serve!!.
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