Oct 22, 2019

Are you persistent?

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We have landed in the book of Luke in our bible reading. If you have been with us since January, we are almost finished with the bible!!!! Can you believe it?

If you have not followed along with us, or have fallen out of practice with your reading, it is okay!

I encourage you though, wherever you are, try to find some time today and this week to open God's Word. Just a few minutes a day is a good start.

You will be forever changed.

Today, I came to a passage of scripture and I found myself re-reading it.

The passage is found in Luke Chapter 18, The persistent widow.

The widow persistently goes to the judge's house and asks him for justice on behalf of a suit against her enemy.

Day after day she persists.

The judge, who is not even a godly man, finally gives in.

Why does Jesus tell us this story?

I believe it is because He knows how quickly we give up.

We shrug our shoulders and move on, instead of continuing to ask the Lord for specific requests.

We lose faith because we do not see an immediate response.

Our faith fades, and so does our answer to prayer.

We often just give up too easily.

We can be persistent about many things in life, but when it comes to prayer, we tend to lack the passion and persistence.

What if we began to be like this persistent widow?

Showing up every single day at the door of the Lord and presenting our requests to Him?

Not just when we felt like it, but every single day just like this widow.

Here is why this story is powerful...

It shows so much faith in the heart of the widow.

She is not giving up.

She knows an answer will come, but she must keep requesting.

It is almost child like, right?

Yes.

And, that is the point.

A faith so big, it reminds us of a child.

 He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18:2-4

Friends, when did we stop asking God?

When did we stop knocking daily at His door?

Why did we give up so quickly on our request?

Let this passage of scripture, spoken by the lips of Jesus encourage us today!

Luke 18:1-8
Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’
“For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’”

And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”

persisting in prayer, 

jill

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