One of the things that I have noticed that comes pretty naturally to kids is a skill called ‘badgering’. Badgering is when a little blond-haired boy or a little brown-haired girl shamelessly wears out a parent (perhaps like myself) with a ‘badgering’ of persistent requests. Here is a mathematical portrayal of how this works. (‘Daddy, can I please have a dessert?’) X (63 repetitions) = Daddy saying ‘OK, OK, You can have a dessert.’
What’s wild is this is how Jesus challenges us to be with our heavenly Father in our prayer life. Jesus shares a parable about a friend that shows up at your door at midnight needing some bread to share with an unexpected guest. The guy in the house basically in a half-asleep groan tells the friend to come back later. Yet, the friend keeps on knocking and finally the sleepy home-owner awakens not because it’s his friend but because of continued persistent knocking. Check out Jesus’ conclusion in Luke 11, 8 “I tell you, even though he will not getup and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will get up and give him as much as he needs. 9 “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find ; knock, and it will be opened to you.
When you look at some of the original language here the word translated ‘persistence’ in verse 8 also means ‘shamelessly’. In other words this guy had no problems continuing to knock. Also, the tenses of the verbs in verse 9 literally read, ‘keep asking’ and ‘keep seeking’ and keep knocking’. I have to admit, I am very poor at this quality. I often give up to easy in my requests to God. God is challenging you and me to ‘badger’ Him and ‘shamelessly’ wear him out with our requests. Perhaps He wants to see and test how badly we desire to ‘see His kingdom come and His will be done’ around us.