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No Bread

In Conversations, Sermon Spillover on April 5, 2011 by The Spillover

Last Sunday Pastor Dave brought us through some of Christ’s teaching on prayer.

Beginning at Luke 11:5, Jesus uses the illustration of a man who has no bread; a friend has arrived late at night, and he has nothing for him to eat.

The man has a need. It’s such a great need that he will wake his neighbor at midnight to ask for help. With “shameless boldness”, no less.

This is an illustration of how we can approach God in prayer. By His grace, we can come to Him with our needs and struggles – with boldness and without shame.

You may remember Pastor Dave saying, “We all have our own ‘no-bread’ situations”.

Probably plenty of them.

What’s one of yours?

9 Responses to “No Bread”

  1. Probably my biggest right now is struggling with an anxiety problem.
    It’s a physiological ailment I have. Sometimes it’s OK, other times, NOT OK.
    Praying for rest in God, and that He’d give me the wisdom to handle this issue HIS way, instead of the way I always want to handle things…my way.

  2. yeah, I loved that queston on sunday–so simple, yet so deep–what is my “bread”–that which I desperately need and am willing to be so filled with shameless audacity as to cry out to God in desperation for it?
    For me right now it is that constant struggle of am I really walking in the Spirit, or am I just cruising along on my own power. This week marks the anniversary of a kind of traumatic event in my life…one that I am still trying to figure out “why”. So I guess for me that “bread” is simply the agonizing (shameless persistant???) prayer of “Lord–lead me, guide me, don’t let me walk on my own”.

  3. In regards to the repetitiveness that “shameless persistence” can require.. I find that I tend to bring a seemingly hopeless situation of a lost family member to God constantly. After years with no results (and the condition of my family member worsening in regards to sin), it is so easy to quit. But I pray that God will infuse me with the persistence to keep on lifting this person up, regularly, to the Great Healer.

  4. cford: don’t ever stop praying. my brother finally gave his life fully to follow Christ when he was 52… two years before he died. he lived a very destructive life and it was easy to feel like giving up and throwing in the towel when it came to pleading for God to lift the veil from his eyes. there is no “hopeless” case… we were all HOPE-LESS.. and now HOPE-FULL!

  5. My “no bread” situation goes along closely with Adam’s. However, in the spirit of being original, I’ll call it worrying. I have a strong tendency to assume the worst when an issue arises. Instead of having faith and a peace that surpasses all understanding, I tend to worry. I have been learning a great deal in James lately, and James 1: 2-4 has been my “mantra” of sorts.

    “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

    Now I’ve learned a great deal from this, but Pastor Dave brought something else to the table on Sunday – Shameless Persistence. I pray for wisdom, joy, and peace through the struggles of life, but am I shamelessly persistent? Probably not. It’s definitely something for me to work on.

    James 1:5-8 goes on to talk about praying faithfully – something we can all learn from:

    “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.”

    • Praise God that we can have such assurance so as to approach Him with a heart full of faith that He will respond in the appropriate way. Thanks for sharing that, Rich – that one spoke to me.

  6. I thought the message was great! My “no bread” situation was adoption. I wanted to adopt for many many many years but truly started praying persistently about it 5 years ago. After 3 years of what seemed like the Lord answering “no”, I started praying about how to live my life with disappointment. It was a hard year and a half of floundering between hope and disappointment and really not knowing how to pray so just worshipping God for who He was and not necessarily what He was doing. Of course, He WAS DOING a lot behind the scenes and God did answer my prayer and provide more than I could ever ask or imagine! I definitely agree that prayer is probably more for us and what God is doing in us!

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