Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Prevailing Prayer

Luke 18:1 And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;

Pray Incessantly vs 1

Pray Relentlessly vs 5

Pray Unpretentiously vs 13

Pray Audaciously vss 39, 41

In this chapter, Jesus is challenging His people to come boldly before God’s throne to pray in humble, unceasing boldness. Three stories illustrate our need to pray and God’s willingness to provide. God’s resources are inexhaustible, His love is limitless and His benevolence is luxurious. Yet, some shy from His presence in beggarly shame, fearing to make requests for anxiety that they are unworthy and undeserving, and might be turned away empty.

You get the idea that the Lord is partial to helpless, hurting individuals like the little widow lady in this chapter. She puts us in mind of another widow who gave her two mites, or the widow of Zeraphath who offered up her last resources for God’s man. They were in bad shape by no fault of their own. Their only recourse was to seek and serve the Lord. Their only hope was in Him. And they were each rewarded richly for their faith. This lady’s persistence in her petitions of the judge illustrate to us the importance of us praying and not giving up until the answer comes.

Is there a need in your life for which you have tired of praying and are about to give up? Don’t! Pray in humility, like the publican. Pray relentlessly like the widow in great need and pray with audacity like the blind man. As with the children in bondage in Egypt, God will hear from heaven, see what you are going through, come down to meet you at your need and will deliver you from your predicament.

The key is to pray and keep praying until you prevail.

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