The parable of the friend who arrives at midnight

Luke 11: 5-13

And he said to them: “Which one of you has a friend and who goes to see him at midnight and says:” Friend, lend me three loaves, because a friend of mine has come to my home on the way? and I have nothing to offer him, “he argues from the inside:” Don’t bother me, the door is now closed; mine and I are in bed; I can’t get up to give them to you ”? I tell you that if he does not get up to give them to you because he is your friend, except for his foolishness he will get up to give you everything you need ”.


This parable is our Lord Jesus Christ, when one of his disciples said to him: Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples. It is only found in the writings of the Gospel of Luke and it is the twin of the parable of the widow and the unjust judge (Lk 18, 1-8), with different stories; its central theme is harassment in the sentence, although this word according to the RAE means inappropriate, boring, boring, it is more focused on shameless perseverance, daring, daring insistence.

Jesus Christ tells the story with three friends, one of them receives a friend from a midnight trip, gives him accommodation in his house, but has no way to feed him, so he goes to the neighbor’s friend and asks for a loan. three loaves, answer: Don’t bother me; the door is already closed and my children are with me in bed; Can’t I just get up and give it to you? (Some translations do not have the question mark at the end of verse 7, but in 6), and although he does not get up to give you the loaves, because he is your friend (he was sincere), but he will do it to harassment (shameless persistence) Either because he was annoyed by his neighbor’s insistence on knocking on the door, or because he did not want the other neighbors to realize what was happening.

This teaching focuses on that we must be persevering in prayer, God is faithful in answering them, according to his purposes, and is complemented by verses 9-13, which say that everyone who asks, receives and seeks, finds and everything the one who calls. at the door, it opens. And although in this parable he shows us the example of a friend who did not get up immediately at the friend’s request for help, he was honest but not kind, and when he gave him the bread he did so because of the friend’s harassment.

We have a God who is willing to listen to prayers at all times, has no schedule, is always with an open ear to receive the cry of all his children who have come to him through Christ. Just as verse 13 says that we, being evil, give good gifts to our children, how much more will our heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?

To take into account in this reflection:

  • Our Father is the main prayer given by our Lord Jesus Christ. It is not a prayer that must be made religious, it is a structure of the components of the prayer to the Father in Christ Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit.
  • God calls us to an important prayer, perseverance and faith that he will pour out his grace, because he wants the best for his children.
  • Heavenly Father gives prayers for His children according to His will (1 John 5: 14-15), He does not give in to our selfish demands (James 4: 3).
  • God wants the river of living water that touches our hearts to be maintained through the provision of the Holy Spirit (Luke 11:13).
  • Stopping until the end, having faith in Christ throughout the journey of the Christian pilgrimage, is a challenge we face; because all those born of God conquer the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world: our faith (1 John 5: 4).
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