Struck by the news of the day, the word “importunity” came to mind and how importunity can be an opportunity for good or for evil. It can be guided by the Holy Spirit or by the adversary and powers of darkness. The ongoing protests show some of the results of importunity that have good and bad results.
Webster defines Importunity as an urgent request; application for a claim or favor which is urged with
troublesome frequency, pressing solicitation persistence especially to the point of annoyance.
Opportunity is defined as a set of circumstances that makes it possible to do something.
The Bible has great examples of importunity. In the book of Luke, chapter 11, Jesus teaches his disciples to pray the Lord’s Prayer; a prayer pleasing to God the Father. Right after giving the example of prayer, Jesus tells of a man who had company in the middle of the night. The man banged on his neighbor’s door and asked for bread (let’s say cold cuts and bread to make the point) to feed his guests. The neighbor was tucked in bed and did not want to respond to the request. Because the man was insistent, persistent, annoying or, shall we say importune, the neighbor finally got up and gave the man food to give to his company. The food wasn’t given because the man was gracious and wanting to please his neighbor. He gave it so he could get some sleep!
Following that parable, Jesus said we must keep asking in order to receive. We must seek in order to find, and we must knock in order to have the door open for us.
What does importunity have to do with opportunity? Importunity can bring about the opportunity for change and the change can be for good or for evil.
Peaceful protests could have brought about opportunity for healing and unity. By using importunity in an evil way, rioters and anarchists hijacked the protests and are hell bent on destroying the very fabric of our society. Our police departments are paralyzed, businesses and livelihoods are decimated, citizens are murdered and families destroyed. The destruction has led to appeasement by our politicians, police departments, the media, and spiritual leadership.
We as Christians also have the opportunity to use importunity for good. Not only can we stand up for what is good and right, we have access to the very creator of the universe, Our Father. Jesus made it clear that by coming to God the Father, and making our requests known – even if it is over and over, we will be heard and He will respond!