Day 4: Word for the Day
Published on 24 March 2020
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One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up. “There was a judge in a certain city,” he said, “who neither feared God nor cared about people. A widow of that city came to him repeatedly, saying, ‘Give me justice in this dispute with my enemy.’ The judge ignored her for a while, but finally he said to himself, ‘I don’t fear God or care about people, but this woman is driving me crazy. I’m going to see that she gets justice, because she is wearing me out with her constant requests!’”
Then the Lord said, “Learn a lesson from this unjust judge. Even he rendered a just decision in the end. So don’t you think God will surely give justice to his chosen people who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will grant justice to them quickly! But when the Son of Man18:8 “Son of Man” is a title Jesus used for himself. returns, how many will he find on the earth who have faith?”
Luke 18:1-8 (NLT)
What are you praying and believing God for?
What are you praying for and how do you pray?
Are you persistent?
Do you keep on asking and asking or do you give up easily?
Jesus is teaching us something important about prayer in Luke 18:1-8. Jesus told this parable so that people will learn how to be persistent. If we believe that God is all powerful and has the answers to what we need, this alone should be sufficient to motivate us to keep on praying and not give up. However, there is a greater truth in this parable; God is not an unjust judge, but He is a loving father with His very own sons and daughters. This is why Jesus told His disciples this parable to motivate them; to show them that it is necessary to always pray and to never give-up.
Let me encourage you today. If you've been praying about something and you haven't seen the answer or circumstances change yet; pray again. Ask again. You are not a “nobody” to God. You matter to Him. Let us stir our faith to ask again, today.
Father, I ask that you stir my heart to believe, pray and exercise my faith again. Lord, I speak restoration to vision that has been shelved, to hopes that have been dashed and to prayers that feel like they have gone unanswered. Thank You that You are a loving Father and that I am not a “nobody” to You. As Your son/ daughter, I come boldly before Your throne of grace, so that I may receive mercy and find grace in this time of need. Thank You in advance for testimonies of circumstances changing and situation shifting. In Jesus’ name, Amen!
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