Persist Through—Day 5

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Persist Through—Day 5 Luke 18: 1-8 As God’s children living in an unjust world we will be recipients of wrongful actions; that is something we must learn to accept. This is not our home and people are unjust. Yet, the text makes it clear, although people can be unjust; we still serve a just God. Think about that for a moment, no matter what injustice we might experience the Lord knows how to vindicate us. Often we seek to make things right ourselves. Is that because we can’t wait on God? In the devotional text, the widow wanted desperately justice that was due her. She would not stop until the justice she deserved was granted. However, the parable shifts from displaying a widow who persistently fought for her own justice, to presenting a God, who gives justice to those who persistently cry out to Him. If we are not careful when we pursue our own justice, it can, with no...

Persist Through—Day 4

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Persist Through—Day 4 Luke 18: 1-8 “There was a widow in that city, and she kept coming to him, saying, ‘Give me legal protection from my opponent.’ For a while, he was unwilling, but afterward he said to himself, Even though I do not fear God nor respect man, yet because this widow bothers me, I will give her legal protection.”  As Christians, we sometimes become frustrated or annoyed when our prayers are not answered immediately. It is imperative for us to know that God activates his justice according to His time. God has a set time he is going to respond to our prayers; until then, we are encouraged to pray and pray. Some may wonder, why would Christ instruct the disciples to persist in prayer when he already knew when he would answer their prayers? Remember: Prayer is not intended to do something for God. Prayer is meant to do something for us. Being persistent in our...

Persist Through—Day 3

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Persist Through-Day 3 Luke 18: 1-8   “In a certain city there was a judge who did not fear God and did not respect man.  There was a widow in that city, and she kept coming to him, saying, ‘Give me legal protection from my opponent.” I learned a long time ago, life is not always fair and the problems we face are often too much for us to defeat in our own strength. The parable that Jesus shares with the disciples to encourage them to be persistent in prayer include two main characters: an independent judge and a nagging widow. At first glance, the very mention of these two characters declares a dilemma. One person does whatever he wants to do while the other won’t stop until she gets what she wants. The chance of arriving at a happy medium seems unlikely. That is the tension most of us probably live under. We have to put up with people in leadership or authority...

Persist Through—Day 2

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Persist Through—Day 2 Luke 18: 1-8 “Now He was telling them a parable to show that at all times they ought to pray and not to lose heart.” In the previous chapter Jesus had just told the disciples, a day is coming when you will look forward to my return.  Perhaps many of us are there now. Seeing the condition of man, with all of the backward thinking, corruption, violence and murders, those who love God and His Word wait expectantly. Jesus wanted the disciples to know he wouldn’t return just because things were bad or times were hard; but he encouraged them to never give up on prayer in spite of what seemed to be a lack of immediate response. Prayer is a discipline that many believers neglect. Too often, it is done, not as a way of life. And if not guarded against, a routine prayer life can lack the fervency or earnestness that is necessary to plow through occasions...

Persist Through

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Persist Through Luke 18: 1-8   I have learned over the years that the greatest adversary to one’s faith is waiting. Oh, how unproblematic it is to maintain our faith when the thing we are hoping for doesn’t take long to come to fruition. The real problem is when we must exercise our faith over a period of time. Question: Do we have enough faith to persist in our prayers even when they go unanswered? And, how well do you pray when your prayers are not answered immediately? Jesus knew the disciples would have to endure some hardship, and he wanted to encourage them not to give up, but remain faithful even in the midst of seemingly unanswered prayer. So often, we can employ our prayers as if we are giving God a chance. We are giving him a chance to hear us and provide us with the desired answer. However, if he doesn’t respond favorably or in our time, we take matters into our...