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Luke 11:5 Commentary - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

The design of our blessed Saviour in these, and the following verses, is to excite and stir up his disciples to fervency, importunity, and constancy, in the duty of prayer, and to this purpose he makes use of a double argument, the one of a friend, and the other of a father. He lays before them the parable of a friend, coming to his friend at midnight, and by his importunity obtaining that of him which otherwise he must have gone without.

From whence our Lord leaves us to infer that if an impudent and bold beggar can obtain so much from a man, what cannot an humble, earnest, and daily petitioner obtain from God? What friend is so faithful and helpful to his dearest friend, as God is to us his children?

From the whole note,

1. That a man must be brought into a state of friendship and reconciliation with God, if he hopes his prayers shall be accepted.

2. That when any of the friends of God are in necessities and straits, he allows them the liberty at all hours to call upon him, and pray unto him: at midnight as well as at mid-day, God's ear is open to his praying friends.

3. That Almighty God takes pleasure in being urged in prayer by the holy importunity of his friends: never is he better pleased, than when his people, with holy Jacob, wrestle with him, and will not let him go till he hath blessed them.

4. That such holy and humble importunity shall not only obtain what we desired, but more than we expected: only three loaves were desired here, but because of importunity he had as many as he needed; more is given in the concession, than was desired in the supplication. The original word here rendered importunity, signifies impudence, according to that saying among the Jews. The impudent man overcomes the modest and the bashful; how much more God, who is goodness itself?

Consult other comments:

Luke 11:5 - Abbott's Illustrated New Testament

Luke 11:5 - The Greek Testament

Luke 11:5 - Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Luke 11:5 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Luke 11:5 - Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

Luke 11:5 - Calvin's Complete Commentary

Luke 11:5 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Luke 11:5 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

Luke 11:5 - Companion Bible Notes, Appendices and Graphics

Luke 11:5 - Expository Notes of Dr. Constable (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 11:5 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 11:5 - The Expositor’s Greek Testament by Robertson

Luke 11:5 - F.B. Meyer's Through the Bible Commentary

Luke 11:5 - Discovering Christ In Selected Books of the Bible

Luke 11:5 - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary

Luke 11:5 - Geneva Bible Notes

Luke 11:5 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Luke 11:5 - Gnomon of the New Testament

Luke 11:5 - William Godbey's Commentary on the New Testament

Luke 11:5 - Godet Commentary (Luke, John, Romans and 1 Corinthians)

Luke 11:5 - Henry Alford's Greek Testament

Luke 11:5 - Charles Simeon's Horae Homileticae (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 11:5 - Biblical Illustrator Edited by Joseph S. Exell

Luke 11:5 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Luke 11:5 - The Popular Commentary on the Bible by Kretzmann

Luke 11:5 - Heinrich August Wilhelm Meyer's New Testament Commentary

Luke 11:5 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

Luke 11:5 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

Luke 11:5 - Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

Luke 11:5 - Ryle's Expository Thoughts on the Gospels

Luke 11:5 - A Popular Commentary on the New Testament

Luke 11:5 - John Trapp's Complete Commentary (Old and New Testaments)

Luke 11:5 - The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Luke 11:5 - You Can Understand the Bible: Study Guide Commentary Series by Bob Utley

Luke 11:5 - Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament

Luke 11:5 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Luke 11:5 - Combined Bible Commentary

Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament