Every day this devotional has another message on prayer and a short prayer to help us get through the day.
Here is the devotion on prayer for today:
Always Pray and Don’t Give Up
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 about men. 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 about men, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually wear me out with her coming.’”
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?” – Luke 18:1-8
There are so many good thoughts and questions in this passage that it is hard to focus on just one. But we will just focus on the purpose for which Jesus told this parable: We should always pray and not give up.
Have you noticed how often Jesus speaks of effective praying in terms of persistent praying? In Matthew 7 he says, “Ask… Seek… Knock," which indicates persistence. In Luke 11 he tells of a neighbor who persistently knocks and calls out to his friend to open the door and give him food for a traveler. Then there is this example of this widow woman who was persistent in her plea.
I don’t know the why, but I do know the how. Why do we need to passionately and persistently pray for something that is important to us? I don’t know, but I do know that Jesus spent a lot of time teaching us to pray in that way. I also know it works. In my own life there have been many times when I cried out to God with great passion over many days, and even months, then the answer came in a glorious way.
Jesus ends this parable with the question: When the Son of Man comes will he find faith? In this parable and the question, Jesus was calling believers to passionate, persistent praying.
Prayer: Lord, Grant me a gift of faith and the heart to be persistently praying. In Jesus name. Amen.
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