Confession: I used to avoid intercessory prayer. I thought it wasn’t my ‘spiritual gift’ and that it was therefore okay for me to leave it to those whom God had gifted in this way while I focused on other things.
It was somewhat of a wake-up call to realise that prayer was not a ‘gift’ some were blessed with, but the responsibility and privilege of every believer. An intimate space where God invites us to share and unburden our hearts but also to hear His; a place of communion with Him where lives are changed and situations transformed.
Perhaps this is why when Jesus taught the disciples to pray He started with the words, Our Father. A reminder that we do not pray to a distant, unknowable deity but a loving Father. Nor do we approach Him as strangers who have no right to ask Him for anything, but as children, His children – beloved members of His family who have access to the Father and all that He has.
After teaching His disciples what we now call ‘The Lord’s Prayer’, Jesus went on to tell them of a man who boldly went to a friend’s house in the middle of the night to ask for bread on behalf of another who had turned up unannounced on his doorstep and needed something to eat. His friend was annoyed to be woken, but got up and gave his friend what was needed because of his boldness to ask.
Jesus used this story to implore His disciples to ask so they might receive, reminding them that “If imperfect parents know how to lovingly take care of their children and give them what they need, how much more will the perfect heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit’s fullness when His children ask Him.” (Luke 11:13 TPT)
There is a world in need of bread – but not just any bread, the Bread of Life that is Jesus - and we are the ones who must ask for it. God is looking for sons and daughters who will boldly come to the Father on their behalf. Who will ask, confident in this goodness and generosity of His heart so that many more may receive His gift of life.
Who is the Father inviting you to ask for bread for?
Live today with purpose,