Parable of the Friend at Midnight

This parable (Luke 11), the lesson of which recalls somewhat that of the parable of the widow and the unjust judge (Luke 18), teaches the efficacy of perseverance in prayer. An unexpected visitor having arrived, his host finds himself unprepared to entertain him as he would like to do. In spite of the lateness of the hour he goes to a neighbor and asks for the loan of some loaves of bread. The neighbor begins by refusing on account of the trouble it will cause him and the rest of his household. The refusal, however final it may sound, does not discourage the petitioner, who finally obtains his request.