Parable of the Friend
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A. Text: Luke 11:5-8
I. Going to God in times of need
1. Jesus precedes this parable by
teaching about how to pray, because His disciples requested that of Him
(Luke 11:1-4). Note some things about the model prayer.
B. Prayer is shown by way of command, example,
and necessary implication. Notice just a few, of the many that exist,
a. Jesus prayed for the kingdom
to come, which had not come, but now is (Colossians 1:13).
2. He follows up this parable by teaching about
God taking care of His children when they ask things of Him (Luke 11:9-10).
b. Jesus did not pray through the mediator
as we must, for He is the advocate.
i. Romans 7:25
c. Jesus showed the approved example of praying
ii. Colossians 3:17
iii. I Timothy 2:5
d. He showed the approved example of praying
for daily food, the forgiveness of sins, deliverance from temptation, and
deliverance from evil.
e. We must make sure that our attitude in
prayer is proper (Luke 18:9-14).
1. Command: I Thessalonians 5:17
2. Example: Matthew 26:26-27
3. Necessary Inference: We are to confess
our faults to God (I John 1:9). Because we have an example showing
how we confess our faults to God is through prayer (Acts 8:22), we can
infer that confession of our sins to God via I John 1:9 is done through
the avenue of prayer. Thus, we can necessarily infer the need for
prayer, so that Christians can have their sins forgiven.
A. In verse five of this parable
we find a person addressing a friend in a time of need:
II. Going to God in prayer for the benefit
1. Those whom have faith, and allow
that faith to produce works unto obedience are friends of God (James 1:21-24).
B. We should approach God with the expectation
that He will grant our reasonable request:
2. We are the friends of Christ if we obey
Him (John 15:14).
3. Our prayers are answered because of our
obedience (I John 3:21-22).
4. In the words of a seven year-old:
“My friend helps me when I am sick. My friend loves me. My
friend gave his Son for me. My friend is God.” – Trevor A. Yeager
1. James 1:5-8
C. What we receive of the Father will be good,
2. Matthew 21:22
a. Faith is obtain from the word
of God (Romans 10:17)
b. Therefore, our prayers will be made from
a good source of knowledge to make them reasonable prayers – not asking
for what we cannot receive (Matthew 26:38-45):
i. Jesus knew He had to die (Matthew
ii. Thus, Jesus used prayer as a means of
strengthening Himself to be prepared to follow through with His work.
Luke says an angel strengthened Him, but that did not work, prayer in itself
did (Luke 22:43-44).
iii. We know that we cannot pray for that
which conflicts with God’s word (i.e. a sinner who has not known God to
be saved – II Thessalonians 1:8-9 and Matthew 7:21).
1. James 1:17
2. Luke 11:11-13
A. In this parable we see one going
to his friend for this reason: Luke 11:6 “For a friend of mine in his
journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him?”
B. We need to approach God on the behalf
1. James 5:16
C. We need to be willing to go to God in prayer
for all things (Philippians 4:6).
2. I Timothy 2:1-4
3. Jesus prayed on behalf of others (His
a. John 17:9
4. We have apostolic example on the matter as
well (Philippians 1:3-4).
b. John 17:15
c. John 17:20-22
III. Being persistent in prayer
A. In verses seven and eight we
see that the friend helped because of the persistence of the one seeking
the loaves of bread.
B. The “Parable of the Unjust Judge” is
often referred to as the “Parable of the Persistent Widow” because she
got what she sought after through her persistence (Luke 18:2-6).
1. This parable was also taught
under the subject of prayer (Luke 18:1).
2. One sign of a widow indeed is her frequency
of praying (I Timothy 5:5).
A. Our prayers must be consistent
1. A child asks his parents for
a toy on a special occasion and the parents may shrug it off.
B. Prayer is a special privilege extended to
the faithful children of God (Christians):
2. The child continues to ask over and over
again for the same toy, the parents are going to listen.
3. As shown in this parable and other places
in the scriptures, the same goes for God (not for toys, but for beneficial
things that hinder not one’s spiritual life).
1. I Peter 3:12
C. Do you have the privilege of prayer?
If so, are you properly using it?
2. Isaiah 59:1-2 and John 9:31
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