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Keep Praying!




The Word of God says in Luke 18:1 that men should always pray and not faint. Jesus goes on in this chapter to tell them a parable about a widow and her encounter with a judge who did not fear God or man. When you read this story, you will discover that the widow requested the judge to avenge her from her adversary or give her justice. Now, the story is unclear on what her adversary did to her, but one very clear thing is that the widow refused to take no for an answer. Initially, the judge ignored the widow and would not offer her any assistance or help. Let's look at the judge's response when he realized the widow would not stop asking him for help, along with what Jesus had to say about this parable. 


Luke 18:4-8, 4 “He would not for a while. Yet afterward he said to himself, ‘Though I do not fear God or respect man, 5 yet because this widow troubles me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she will weary me. 6 And the Lord said, “Hear what the unjust judge says. 7 And shall not God avenge His own elect and be patient with them, who cry day and night to Him? 8 I tell you, He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?”


The judge was troubled and becoming weary because of this woman's persistence (continual coming). Her continual coming drove him to avenge her. But we must pay close attention to and take away from this scripture what Jesus said about the unjust judge. Jesus used this parable to explain that God, nothing like the unjust judge, will avenge his elect (you and I) when we persistently cry out to him night and day. Not only will he avenge you, but he will do so speedily. The key is in your persistence.

Many of you have been praying to God for various things and I want to encourage you today to keep praying.


Often, we grow weary, and we stop praying. But we are being motivated in these scriptures to pray and NOT faint. We must keep praying, knocking, and calling out to God. Maybe it's taking a little longer than you'd like, or perhaps you feel like God doesn't hear you. I assure you that this is not the case. God wants us to persist in our prayers and faith and not lose heart. Isaiah 49:23b  says, "And you shall know that I am the Lord, for those who wait for Me shall not be ashamed."


Jesus asked a question at the end of this parable. He wanted to know if he would find faith in the earth when he returned.  Keep the faith and keep praying. Don't give up, cave in, or quit. Jesus is Lord, and he will bring you justice!


but those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles,    they shall run and not be weary, and they shall walk and not faint.

 

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shantelpowell
23 ene

Perfect Timing after my devoted time of focusing on what I'm working on. Thank you for being  in alignment with God and His word.



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