Prayer 2021 - May 23 - The Prayer of Persistence pt 4
“Paul replied, “Short time or long – I pray to God that not only you, but all who are listening to me today, may become what I am, except for these chains…”
The Prayer of Persistence pt 4
The past few days, we have been talking about persistent prayer. Yesterday, we were looking at what Jesus was saying in Luke 18:1-8. Let’s look at these verses again.
“And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart.He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man. And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor respect man, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.’” And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge says. And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them?I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”
We left off yesterday with an understanding of God answering the cries of His people speedily. We were talking about this is not applied to requesting help with your finances or material things. Jesus is emphasizing here that God will speedily answer the cries of His elect as they are being persecuted. That is the emphasis of this parable, not all of the other hyperbole that prosperity preachers and others have put on this scripture.
For instance, some people believe this passage of scripture is saying that if we have unsaved loved ones, if we keep praying long enough and hard enough, eventually, we will wear God down to the point that He will answer our prayers just to shut us up. But that is NOT what this verse is implying.
Others think these verses talk about God meeting some personal need or financial need. That if they just keep praying long enough and hard enough, we will wear God down and He will rain money down from Heaven just to shut us up. But that is NOT the case either, is it?
Jesus is not talking about persistent faith to wear God out so He will answer our prayers. He IS saying, that if believers will be persistent in faith, HOW MUCH MORE will God avenge them as compared to how the unjust judged avenged the widow woman. HOW MUCH MORE. Amen!
But, as verse one says, it is the PERSISTENCE of Faith, not the persistence of doubt, that causes God to respond and avenge his elect.
To take scriptures out of context, out of their actual settings and try to apply them to other areas will cause us more harm than good. The main thought of Luke 18 is that men should always pray and not faint – not quit praying.
To quit praying is easy. To keep praying – even in the face of adversity and persecution, that takes FAITH. Amen!
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