Social rules are often based on respecting the needs of others. Jesus and other wise writers in Scripture talk about humility and honoring others. Avoid being presumptuous. Do unto the other as you would have them do unto you. Be faster at listening than you are at blurting out your thoughts.
We are also taught to respect God and approach with appropriate protocols. Worship and gratitude are essential approaches to a Holy God.
Jesus is provocative. He claims intimate friendship with the Father and invites us over to his house. He tells the story of the midnight caller and invites us into a seemingly inappropriate way of approaching God.
Would you persist in bothering a friend if you had an emergency? If you could not reach them on the first phone call, would you try their cell phone, their work phone, email and Facebook?
So why do we stop short in bringing our desperation to God?
Jesus taught people who knew about desperate circumstances. Many lived in poverty and had concerns for paying the bills and having enough to eat. They watched while people they knew were whipped, jailed and even crucified by the Romans. Injustice abounded with heavy taxation and oppressors going unpunished.
To people that needed daily help just to stay alive, Jesus tells of a Father who loves to be with them and meet their needs. He is more approachable than their willingness to ask for help, seek answers and knock on doors.
In a world where politicians and religious leaders promised something good and delivered disappointment, Jesus tells of a Father who is truly generous and thoughtful. How are we to approach this God Jesus describes?