Summary: A friend comes by, after a long trip, knocking at your door late at night, looking for something to eat. Your first thought, since it is late, the house is quiet and the kids are asleep is to reply “buddy, take a hike.” After a second thought, since it is your friend after all, you decide to answer the door and feed him.
Analysis: In the following two verses (11:9-10) Jesus comments on “asking,” “seeking,” and “knocking” which lead to “receiving,” “finding,” and “opening.” This parable attempts to explain God fearing persistence. Our omniscient God knows our needs, He doesn’t need to be cajoled into supplying them. Nevertheless, Jesus commands we “ask,” “seek,” and “knock” in addressing God and simply believing or trusting when doing so that He will provide in His own time.