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Sep
28

Tenacity in the Midnight Hour

Rod Shimabukuro

Scripture
"I tell you, though he will not get up and give him the bread because he is his friend, yet because of the man's boldness he will get up and give him as much as he needs." (Luke 11:8)
Observation
I see this parable that Jesus tells his disciples reflecting the character of tenacity. I love that word. It means not easily discouraged or persistent in existence or a course of action - not readily letting go of or giving up! This describes the desperate friend who wanted a slice of bread... in the midnight hour! Jesus tells this story to illustrate the power of boldness in prayer and how our Heavenly Father's heart is influenced.
Application
Today, Boldness, tenacity is what I long for in heart, character and attitude. I've shyed away from asking boldly of the Lord in the area of His influence on my kids - on others who I'm praying for. There's an internal adjustment I need in boldness of knowing and trusting my Father's heart - to believe for outcome's that extend past my natural, earthly way of thinking when it comes to healing, life transformation - His touch and presence in the lives of those I'm praying for.

Today, I want to live, pray and believe differently - with more tenacity and boldness in the awkward hours or times when I approach Him. The midnight hour is not the time of day, but the attitude of my heart - when I feel like I'm not right with God, when I feel like I'm asking "a miss" or asking "too much of God" - these are awkward, midnight hour times for me.

Ask away Rod - you can't lose when you come with a bold innocence and purity of heart...says the Lord!
Prayer
Dear Heavenly Father... forgive me for not trusting You - the "midnight hour" attitudes that I have. I'm going to go for it! I'm going to take more risks in heart, developing more tenacity in the "midnight hour moments" to believe for miracles and Your holy work in the lives of my family, friends and people I pray for .

I'm going to "BRING IT" to You Lord...with tenacity of heart!

Devotions for September 28

Zechariah 1,2,3
Luke 11

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