Posted by: thewhimsicalbee | February 8, 2010

Pastor Z’s sermon

Yesterday’s sermon was a continuation of Pastor Zimmer’s series on parables. I am including the text (NIV) and my sermon notes. This one was “The Parable of the Friend at Midnight.”

Luke 11: 1-13

1One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.”

2He said to them, “When you pray, say:
” ‘Father,[a]
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come.[b]
3Give us each day our daily bread.
4Forgive us our sins,
for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.[c]
And lead us not into temptation.[d]‘ ”

5Then he said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend, and he goes to him at midnight and says, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, 6because a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have nothing to set before him.’

7“Then the one inside answers, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children are with me in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything.’ 8I tell you, though he will not get up and give him the bread because he is his friend, yet because of the man’s boldness[e] 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 the door will be opened to you. 10For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.

11“Which of you fathers, if your son asks for[f] a fish, will give him a snake instead? 12Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

Reference verses: Psalm 7:6; Psalm 42:3

The sermon was based on/around the question: What do I do when it seems like there is no answer to my prayer?

verse 2: this was the only thing the disciples ever asked for

Verse 5: suppose = “think about it”

Significant words: Midnight

  • friend: part of the community
  • guest: is important to the community, not just the friend (the community takes care of each other)

verse 7: the guy on the inside is responsible for his actions; does not want to be shamed (by ignoring request); has an obligation (community)

verse 8: boldness = shameless, persistence, impudence

This section of text (Luke 11:1-13) is about an intimate relationship with our Father.

Three questions to ask when praying:

  1. To Whom am I asking? Friend, Foe or Father? The only category to put God in is Father. (Sometimes we treat God like our buddy, or someone we are mad at, rather than the Father that he is. Need to be careful about how we pray to God.)
  2. What are you seeking? Bread, bike or boat? Our prayers need to be driven towards a need (bread). (Sometimes  we pray for materialistic things (i.e. the bike/boat), but that is not what God wants to give us.) I need to pray for MY transformation. (God to us: I want to change YOU, because I am your Father.)
  3. Why am I knocking? Because. We need to understand why we knock. God is not out to make my life easy. God wants us to grow and become like him. Me to God: You are not my friend that gives me advice, but my Father who loves me. God to us: What you think may not be what I want to give. My prayer: God, give me the strength and love to change.

We have two options:

1. Give up.

2. Commit to change. Regroup. Reignite. Keep pressing on. CHANGE STARTS WHEN I CHANGE.

Pray with perseverance, persistence, and love.

Whatever we do, DON’T STOP.


God will hear our prayers. He may not answer as soon as we would like, but he does answer. We must keep pressing on.

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