“Do not bother me…” (Luke 11:7)

Interesting word isn’t it? Bothered. As a intransitive verb it means to take the time and trouble; concern oneself. That is exactly the way it is used by Jesus in the story of persistent prayer. The outcome of this story is that a person will eventually give in if you pester them long enough.

“I need three loaves of bread.”

“Do not bother me.”

“I need three loaves of bread.”

“The door is shut.”

“I need three loaves of bread.”

“We’re all in bed!”

“I need three loaves of bread!”

“I can’t get up.”

“I need three loaves of bread!”

“Oh for goodness sakes. Hold on.”

The purpose of  this story was to convince the disciples to pray and not give up. Ask, seek, find are the key thoughts Jesus presents in this illustration. It’s not that God is reluctant, on the contrary, God wants to help his children as the rest of the passage shows.  We don’t bother God in the sense of pestering but we show our need by continually approaching him for the needs of our hearts.

I want to explore another thought. Not in the passage at all but a thought that arises as I look at the passage. Here are two neighbors who are also friends, at least they call each other friends, and they are caught up in a domestic situation.  One has an urgent need. It is not life threatening but in that social environment it is critical to the askers mental and emotional well being.

As a Christian should I be bothered? Do I help others but with a this is a pain attitude? When I seed a need does the needy one have to ask me over an over because I’m too busy or not in the mood. It seems to me that this needy thing always happens in the middle of something I really want to do and I don’t won’t to be bothered (see that word). I’ll do it later, I say. Too busy, I say. Don’t have time, I say. Call someone else, I say. I’ll do it as soon as I finish…, I say.

I ask again. As a Christian should I be bothered, or is it more, your my brother, not a bother?


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