Impudent Fool!

Impudence in Prayer

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 11:8

When I hear impudence a dozen lines from movies and books come to mind, “You impudent fool!”  Typically it is by the villain to the hero because they are asking for or doing something so crazy that the villain shouts this scoff.  Well impudent fool!  That’s me.

“You dare approach the holy, all powerful, God of the universe.  You dare put your prayers before His throne.  Impudent fool!  With shameless audacity (NIV) I am doing just that, coming into a throne room in which I don’t belong and to which I have no rights or access except(!) in the escort of Jesus Christ.  He steps between me and God, between the stench of my sin and the utter wreck of my dirty rags and speaks for me.  Any request, every request to God is audacity with a heaping side of impudence so that I should never take my own pride there and throw my own weight behind my shameless request.  The only power behind it is a sacrificed and risen mediator in Jesus who summons me and encourages me, Jesus leads me into the throne room and coaxes me to share my need so that he can take it to the throne at the right hand of God and share it right into the ear of the Father.

Impudent fool!  Amen.

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  1. Reblogged this on Calvary Lutheran Church in Stayton, Oregon and commented:

    We just read this text last Sunday, I wanted to share this post I wrote about prayer from my personal devotions, seemed timely.

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