In verses 5-13 we are given a parable that is no where else in the gospels. It directly follows the shorter version of the Lords Prayer and encourages believers to ask God for good things on the behalf of others persistently. In the parable the man goes to his neighbor in the middle of the night begging for bread (3 loaves) for a friend that came to visit and he was unprepared.
this rang true in my heart because I have been praying for an unbeliever and anything I have tried to say falls on deaf ears. I feel I have nothing for Him so I ask my Father to provide what I cannot. I pray for the Bread of Life to share. I pray for very word that proceeds from the mouth of God to be made satisfying to him. I pray for him to see Jesus as that which will satisfy his searching heart. He is certainly on a journey and nothing that I have in my house will feed him so I just keep asking God.
this parable seems very evangelistic to me. Is there another way I should be reading it? is there something i am missing? Just asking for arbitrary things seems silly but praying for the Holy Spirit to touch souls of the lost seems to be the greatest of gifts.
I guess i am just looking for what others may know about this parable. I am not a Bible Scholar, so I am very eager to learn from those who know more.