The Parable of The Persistent Friend, The Parable Of The Persistent Neighbor, The Parable Of The Neighbor, The Persistent Friend, The Persistent Neighbor. This Parable Is Called Many Different Names But Is The Same: The Parable Of The Persistent Friend Or Neighbor. A Practical Reminder That We Can Approach God in Prayer Anytime, Trusting That He Is Attentive To Us, Will Fulfill Our Needs & Answer Our Persistent Prayers According To His Perfect Will. The Parable Of The Persistent Friend or The Persistent Neighbor is One We Should Never Forget. The Parable Of The Persistent Friend is a Parable told by Jesus right after teaching the disciples how to pray The Lord’s Prayer. It illustrates the importance of, the simplicity of, and the power of approaching Our Lord confidently, in persistent prayer. Please see more below for Bible Verses, Scriptures & Notes.
The Parable Of The Persistent Friend or Persistent Neighbor can be found in Luke 11:5-8, But please find the entire scripture of Luke 11:1-10 below, to help us put the parable in context.
English Standard Version (ESV)
The Lord’s Prayer
Now Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples said to him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples. And he said to them, When you pray, say:
Father, hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come.
Give us each day our daily bread,
And forgive us our sins,
For we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us.
And lead us not into temptation.
[The Parable Of The Persistent Friend or Persistent Neighbor Begins Here]
And he said to them, Which of you who has a friend will go to him at midnight and say to him, Friend, lend me three loaves, for a friend of mine has arrived on a journey, and I have nothing to set before him; and he will answer from within, Do not bother me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed. I cannot get up and give you anything?
I tell you, though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his impudence he will rise and give him whatever he needs. And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.
Key Verse: Luke 11:9 (King James Version)
And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
The Parable Of The Persistent Friend: Summary & Notes
In the Parable Of The Persistent Friend, Jesus used the illustration of how a friend treats his neighbor to help us reflect on how we can expect God to treat us, his children.
If a man can boldly and persistently go and knock on his neighbor’s door late at night and expect to be treated decently, how much more can we expect from our Heavenly Father?
Even if the man got up and answered his neighbor, like the scripture says – not necessarily because he is a friend, but because of his “impudence” (i.e. his boldness, impertinence), the bottom line is that the man in the parable did get up and attend to his neighbor’s needs.
How much more can we expect from God? We can approach God at any time without fear of being offensive or intrusive. We will never wake God from a nap or from a restful sleep – remember that Our God never sleeps nor slumbers!( Psalm 121). He is a merciful God – His mercies are new every morning. (Lamentations 3:23)
Our God is attentive to our prayer – Let us remember to approach his throne confidently, and remain persistent in our worship and prayers.