Recently, a friend of mine and I were talking about my wife’s desire to get some refrigerator boxes for our Vacation Bible School. Why Judy wanted the boxes, I haven’t a clue, but she was reluctant to ask my friend for help.
“She shouldn’t be like that,” my friend said. “She needs to call me for anything. She needs to put me on her speed dial.”
In Luke chapter 11, the lesson of prayer is more about having this kind of attitude with God. We sometimes feel reluctant to tell God about some of the needs we have, but we shouldn’t. We should tell him everything we need.
“Doesn’t he already know?” someone might ask. Yes, he does already know, but he wants us to ask anyway and to keep on asking. Why keep on asking? Because we need to prove to him ― and to ourselves ― that the things we ask are the deepest desires of our heart.
Do you remember how it was when you asked your father for something? You asked him several times, didn’t you? He finally understood you weren’t asking just because you wanted something, but because this was a deep desire.
Jesus used the word “importunity” in Luke 11:8 to describe how the man asked his friend for bread. The word, in the original language of the New Testament, is defined as “shamelessness or persistence.” Whenever I asked my father for something I really wanted, I had no shame telling just exactly what it was. I was not reluctant to describe it in detail and for what I was going to use it.
We need to put God on our “speed dial.” We ought to go to him in prayer soon and often and tell him our heart’s deepest desires and our most urgent needs. Don’t we understand God wants to give us what we want if we ask him in faith?
James wrote, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him,” (James 1:5 NET). That’s how God gives. He gives generously and without reproach, which means he gives with no thought of getting back. God gives generously without being critical of us if we misuse his gifts or if we make mistakes in the use of them.
God is infinitely good all of the time. Let’s put him on our “speed dial.”