There’s something that’s been intriguing me about something Jesus says.
I tell you this—though he won’t do it for friendship’s sake, if you keep knocking long enough, he will get up and give you whatever you need because of your shameless persistence. (Luke 11:8)
The thing that’s been bugging me is Jesus’ encouragement to keep on keeping on. It’s not about a lack of faith, it is about perseverance. It’s not about anxiety as to if it will happen, it’s about knowing who you’re asking and engaging in the process He invites you on.
What I also find fascinating is about why you knock and keep knocking. It occurred to me again that there are two reasons you knock on the door. You knock either because you want to get in or because you want something out.
It occurred to me in the context of what Jesus says that in this case, the knocking was not so much to gain access, but more to get what was inside out. We knock the door because of what’s inside. We knock the door because there’s something better than bread inside for a friend. We knock because the Father has something awesome inside that He’s more than willing to let out to those who ask and seek and then knock.
It’s clear that He doesn’t mind if we keep on knocking because it reflects a desire and yearning to enjoy what He has waiting on the inside to bless us on the outside.
For His Name’s Sake
C. L. J. Dryden