‘Don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children and I are in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything.’ -Luke 11: 729
Have you ever had someone knock on your door, late at night, after you’ve gone to bed? It’s an unsettling feeling at best. Then you have to decide who is going to answer the door, are you going to answer the door, what could the person on the other side of the door want? The last time someone rang our doorbell after 11pm it was simply a neighbor telling us that our garage door was open. It was out of kindness, yet hearing that bell ring brought fear.
In the parable today a neighbor is all tucked in bed when a friend stops by to ask for bread. What a strange request for the midnight hour. The neighbor does not want to honor the request. But Jesus sums up the parable by telling us that in asking we will receive what we need. For me, sometimes the asking and the knowing what exactly to ask for are the hard part. When you have found yourself in need but not sure what to ask for?