How often do you check your cell phone? A recent study done by a screen locking app discovered an average of 110 times a day. If you spread that evenly over 16 waking hours, that’s about every 8 minutes or so. How do I know? I checked it out on my cell phone. I got thinking about that when I read this parable of Jesus about being persistent in prayer. He told this right after teaching His disciples to pray “Give us this day our daily bread.”
5 And he said to them, “Which of you who has a friend will go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves, 6 for a friend of mine has arrived on a journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; 7 and he will answer from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed. I cannot get up and give you anything’? 8 I tell you, though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his impudence he will rise and give him whatever he needs. 9 And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. (Luke 11:5-10)
The word translated, impudence, has an original meaning of shameless persistence. Apparently Jesus encouraged us to pray as often as we ask our cell phones for things. Not long, flowery prayers but simple, quick questions. If you are skeptical, go back and read verse 9.