The Midnight Friend
Delivered By
Dr. Ed Simpson
Delivered On
October 22, 2017 at 10:00 AM
Central Passage
Luke 11: 5-13
Subject
The Parables: More than Stories
Description

I. THREE WAYS TO PRAY

   1. The PAGAN Way

   2. The PIOUS Way

   3. The JESUS Way

II. THE PARABLE

Luke 11:5-13 (NLT)
5  Then, teaching them more about prayer, he used this story: “Suppose you went to a friend’s house at midnight, wanting to borrow three loaves of bread. You say to him,  6  ‘A friend of mine has just arrived for a visit, and I have nothing for him to eat.’  7  And suppose he calls out from his bedroom, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is locked for the night, and my family and I are all in bed. I can’t help you.’  8  But I tell you this—though he won’t do it for friendship’s sake, if you keep knocking long enough, he will get up and give you whatever you need because of your shameless persistence.  9  “And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. 10  For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.  11  “You fathers—if your children ask for a fish, do you give them a snake instead?  12  Or if they ask for an egg, do you give them a scorpion? Of course not!  13  So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him.”

III. THE LESSONS

   1. Pray PERSISTENTLY

   2. Pray CONFIDENTLY