And he said to them, “Which of you who has a friend will go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves, for a friend of mine has arrived on a journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; and he will answer from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed. I cannot get up and give you anything’? I tell you, though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his impudence he will rise and give him whatever he needs.” (Luke 11:5–8)
Human love has the power to do many wonderful things.
It can heal, comfort, encourage, and disarm others. However, our love is not omnipotent. It cannot transform the human heart absolutely; it cannot bring spiritual life. All forms of human love possess this inherent limitation because humans themselves are inherently limited. Sometimes it seems like all our love can do is desire transformation. Yet our “lesser” love can be used to access the power of God’s greater love.
To illustrate this reality, Jesus tells a parable about a man pounding on his neighbor’s door at midnight. This man needs bread for his travel-wearied friend, but all he has to go on is a sense of urgency and an idea of where bread might be. This proved to be enough, however, because bread was provided.
In the same way, our desire to see transformation among us is no small thing. It’s enough to go on. We know where the bread is.
Our love may not be omnipotent, but it is enough to drive us to the King who is.
We can boldly run to His house and cry out at His doorstep, “I have nothing!” This is an honest confession of our inadequacy, yet as Andrew Murray points out, it “gives strength to the life of intercession.”
Murray continues, “As we are aware of our inadequacies, intercession becomes our only hope and refuge. I may have knowledge, a loving heart, and be ready to give myself for those under my charge, but I cannot give them the bread of heaven. With all my love and zeal, still I have nothing to set before them.”
As a church, our honest confession must be, “I have nothing, but I know that Jesus changes everything!”
Richard Foster says, “If we truly love people, we will desire for them far more than it is within our power to give them, and this will lead us to prayer.” If LifePoint is to be a church where people truly know how loved they are in Christ, we must be a church that is devoted to prayer and intercession. Prayer, after all, is the first act of love, the first work of mission. We must, therefore, come to the Lord with nothing to offer but prayers of longing to see Him give life from above. This is why we come to church.
So let’s gather at God’s doorstep to pour out our hearts before Him, because that’s where the bread is. If we seek Him with our whole heart, He will fling wide the doors of heaven and give the transformation we’ve been longing for.
PRAYER AND REFLECTION
- James 4:2 says, “You do not have because you do not ask.” What do you need to ask God for? In what ways are you not experiencing all that He has for you? Pause here in His presence and ask Him for it.
- Pray that lives would be transformed by the love of Jesus this Sunday. Ask that God would give life from above through the power of His Word, the presence of His Spirit, and the praises of His people.
Set List for Sunday, September 15, 2019:
- Then He Rose (M. Brock, C. Brown, S. Furtick, C. Tomlin)
- Holy Ground (J. Cravity, M. Fieldes, M. Malone, B. Younker)
- King of Kings (J. Ingram, B. Ligertwood, S. Ligertwood)
- This I Believe (The Creed) (M. Crocker, B. Fielding)
- Doxology (T. Ken)
- Great Are You Lord (J. Ingram, L. Jordan, D. Leonard)