In the first part of Luke chapter 11, Jesus gives us the “model prayer” the Lord’s Prayer as it’s called, in response to the disciple’s request “teach us to pray. “
And then in a powerful parable he proceeds to teach us how to implement our prayers ….. i.e. how to get them answered. What’s the use of praying if we don’t get an answer? Remember, this is God telling us how things work in his kingdom.
Luke 11:5-13 And He said to them, “Which of you shall have a friend, and go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves; 6 for a friend of mine has come to me on his journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; 7 and he will answer from within and say, ‘Do not trouble me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give to you’ 8 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.
“So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. 11 If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? 13 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”
Bold, persistent, never give up, are some of the ways we can describe the way Jesus is recommending for us to pray. I personally conclude that Jesus is looking for forceful partners in getting things done. Wimpy little prayers thrown up in passing just won’t cut it.
We must conclude that God is looking for people whose prayer lives are like that- daring, bold, and persistent! What is needed is Bulldog prayers.
So what is it about Bulldogs? Bulldogs were originally bred for baiting bulls – that ‘s how they got the name. Bull baiting was a common blood sport back in the early 13th century. Bulldogs were sent in to grab bulls by the nose and once they grabbed on they wouldn’t turn loose no matter what. The bulldog was sent in and would grasp the fleshy nose of the bull and pin it to the ground. The short muzzle and undershot jaw were necessary to enable a viselike grip. The nose is placed far back on the face to allow the dog to breathe while holding a bull by the fleshy nose. Once they grabbed on they would not turn loose. Their owners had to pry their jaws loose to get them off the bull.
It’s the same thing that happens to football teams that encounter the University of Georgia Bulldogs. They won’t turn loose till they win.
Jesus says…Pray like that!
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Dennis Bradley is a semi-retired pastor, banjo player, and aspiring chef. Stay tuned for more…