"I say to you, though he will not rise and give to him because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will rise and give him as many as he needs."
It is one of those 'bare your soul' spiritual questions: are you consistent, are you persistent in prayer? In life, we might ask it like this: are you making the right choices in your everyday life?
Though it is unlikely that we would answer either of those questions favorably, we should still be encouraged to move forward in the striving of living before God and fulfilling the desires He has put on our hearts. Steady prayer is one of these. We might not understand why we must be persistent with an omniscient God. We may need to swallow our pride to keep going back to Him, or go somewhere or do something out of our comfort zone; but Jesus' parable of the knock-knocking friend spurs us in this direction. Sometimes, perhaps, God wants to know just how committed we are to the petitions of our heart.
I like to ask people "what is your greatest need from God?" because it churns the heart. I would ask the same question to you.
Then I would ask how are you not just praying for it but knocking, knocking and pursuing it?
Pastor Michael Garcia
Overseer and Pastor at First Assembly HOEN