Being & Building Followers & Friends of Jesus
“I tell you, even if he won’t get up because the man is his friend, yet because of the man’s hutzpah he will get up and give him as much as he needs.” (Luke 11:8)
What is hutzpah? It is a Hebrew word meaning shameless persistence.
In the Greek, it is “aneideia” meaning impudence. It is a picture of a man who uses all that
is necessary, shamelessly, even taking advantage of his friendship to prevail
on his request; even at the face of all that seemed reasonable and even
refusing any denial. It reminds us of
the shameless prayer of the Syro-phoenician woman in behalf of her demonized
daughter for YESHUA to heal her (Matt 15:22-28). It also reminds us of the impudence of
Abraham in petitioning ADONAI in behalf of Sodom and Gomorrah (Gen 18:23-33).
The LORD YESHUA is telling us to shamelessly persevere in our prayer to our heavenly FATHER knowing that He is “rich toward everyone who
calls on Him”(Rom 10:12). In everything,
we are to pray according to His will and character and we are certain to
receive what we have asked.
To pray in the Name of YESHUA is not a formula. In Hebraic culture, the name is synonymous to the character and presence of the person.
In this case, YESHUA meant that to pray in His Name is to ask according
to GOD’s will and His holy word which embodies His character. The posture is one of shameless surrender to
the will of the One who is sovereign over all.