This parable has a tongue-in-cheek quality. In the Middle Eastern cultural context, everyone jumps out of bed at the neighbor’s knock, and no one says “Go away, the family is settled for the night!” Such behavior would be shocking and culpable. Jesus is contrasting our behavior with that of our heavenly Father. If we understand how to be hospitable, does God not know how to respond to our needs? God is not like a callus friend too lazy to help us, who only responds if we threaten to wake up the children and ring the door bell all night. He is eager to help and bless us!
Do you underestimate God?
Does that effect how you pray?
FAMILY TIME— Talk about how God has answered prayers in your lives.
Let’s reverse the equation. Would your friends feel free to wake you up at 1 am? Would they be able to share their genuine needs with you?
This parable encourages us to ask ourselves whether we are go-to people for others. What signal do we send when someone shares a need? Perhaps we get nervous, perhaps we communicate that their need, with its implied request, is an unwelcome burden.
The key is paying attention to others and sending a clear message of interest and concern. When needs arise, our responses can be immediate and joyful, and the person we bless does not sense they have become an inconvenience or an interruption.
How interruptible are you?
What signals do you send when you sense or see someone’s need?
FAMILY TIME— Celebrate a moment when a member of your family helped another member. What made it special in their action and attitude?