5 And He said to them, “Which of you shall have a friend, and go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves;
6 for a friend of mine has come to me on his journey, and I have nothing to set before him’;
7 and he will answer from within and say, ‘Do not trouble me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give to you’?
8 I say to you, though he will not rise and give to him because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will rise and give him as many as he needs.
There are 3 friends in the story.
The first friend is on the journey of life and at the midnight hour of his life.
He was tired, hungry, helpless, stranded, and fearful – like we sometimes find ourselves.
We also noted the time of the day – MIDNIGHT – dark time – that comes to everyone at some time or the other – on the journey of life.
Be encouraged by the fact that whatever you are facing on your journey of life, and at the midnight hour of your life is not peculiar to you– others are facing stuff too.
1 Cor 10:13 – No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.
God will make a way of escape for you in Jesus name.
We also noted that this needy man knew a friend’s house was nearby and came for help. May God grant us friends that we can go to and share our issues of life with.
This brings us to the second friend in the story
The Second friend also represents THE HOLY SPIRIT in our life – a Friend in between God and needy man. Our COMFORTED. HELPER. TEACHER. GUIDE
John 14:26 (AMPC) But the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will cause you to recall (will remind you of, bring to your remembrance) everything I have told you.
As long as you call on the Holy Spirit & acknowledge Him, He will be all stated above to you.
Another way thing to note about the middle friend is that he has a correct relationship with the Bigger Friend.
The middle friend though did not have the 3 loaves, but he has the Friend who has all things. He knows another Friend who can help – that he could turn to at midnight. The Bigger Friend could identify with him as a friend. Like Abraham Isaiah 41:8 & Gen18:17. The testimonial of Abraham before God – made him God’s friend.
You need to have a close friendship with the one that has the cattle upon a thousand hills –
Psm 50:10-11. God wants such a relationship with you. He wants to help you, bless you, share all He has with you, but are you His friend?
Do you fulfil the criteria that will grant you access to Jesus, the Bigger Friend?
Do you obey Him or do you rob Him? Mal 3:8 will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed me- In tithes & Offering —-
Repent today. Invite Jesus into your life as your Bigger FRIEND; Repent of every form of disobedience, especially in tithing and giving quality offerings to God.