Prayer: Providing God, hear us as we persistently pray. Amen
Reading: Luke 18: 1-8 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: I may be thinking of a different parable here, but the theme of being persistent in prayer is the same. The drama was about a husband whose wife was hosting Bunco Night (table games with friends) and he had forgotten to buy the snacks at the grocery store that day. Obviously the Biblical parable was being told with contemporary roles and yet before 24 hour grocery stores. Well, the ladies needed their snacks and the wife was rather demanding about it so the husband went next door and knocked until his buddy answered. He asked if his buddy had any food. It was late, his buddy was annoyed and the answer was no. The husband went back home...and got sent back out again. Again, the buddy next door said no. The husband went back home but realized he had to try again. Maybe the guys had been playing poker the night before and the husband knew there were leftover snacks. I don't know. But the husband did not give up. This time the buddy gave in and handed over bologna and cheese.
Persistence pays off. Strangely, when I think of being persistent in prayer I sometimes think of Bob knocking on Glen's door over and over again until Glen handed over bologna and cheese. We can be just as persistent in prayer. It will always get us an answer of some sort. --Ruth Gates
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