A Parable of Persistence

Christ Jesus taught the need of persistence in prayer. One means he used for this teaching was the parable, the homely tale from which a moral or a spiritual lesson may be taken. The parable of the friend at midnight directly follows the momentous statement of the Lord's Prayer, which Jesus gave his disciples in response to their appeal (Luke 11:1), "Lord, teach us to pray." Evidently, prayer is to be persisted in until it is answered.

In this particular parable the leading character, representing one who prays, goes to a friend at midnight and asks that he lend him three loaves. A guest has arrived, and the host has nothing to give him to eat. The one "within" refuses at first, saying, "Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee."

Christian Scientists and Vaccination
June 23, 1962

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