Storytelling holds an essential place in speaking and writing. Good communicators draw their audience into a narrative that resonates with them, giving identity and meaning to their message and those receiving it. Even though he composed them in intentionally challenging ways (cf. Matthew 13:10-17), Jesus’ parables offer stories that can provide insight and direction to the life of those who meditate on them. We have been considering some of Jesus’ parables this month to see what insights they provide us that will guide us as we navigate the hopes, heartbreaks, successes, and failures we will encounter in the coming year. This lesson continues that series by examining Jesus’ parable of the friend at midnight in Luke 11:1-13.
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