55. Be Bold & Shameless

Luke 11:5-13

A couple of weeks ago we read of two sisters, Mary and Martha. Martha was upset that she was doing all of the work around the house while Mary sat at the feet of Jesus. Martha thought it just wasn't fair that she was overwhelmed and busy while Mary did nothing to help. We know that Mary made the right choice by stopping to spend time with Jesus. But many of us often feel like Martha. We're too busy, and we have too many things on our schedule. "Everybody else" seems to have it all together while we just work, work, work. Stress is your first, middle, and last name.

In today's text, Jesus continues to respond to the disciples’ request from last week's message, "Lord, teach us to pray". Jesus has given them an outline, a pattern of prayer. Today He illustrates the importance of being persistent in prayer. In fact, we are to be bold and shameless when coming before the throne of God. We'll learn today that God gives us the assurance that persistence and boldness in prayer results in the following promise: "For every one who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened." God is the one who lightens our burdens and meets our daily needs. How bold and persistent are you when you pray?

-Pastor Terry