Prayer Pt 4_Don’t Lose Heart

Don’t Lose Heart

Luke 18:1-8 (NKJV) 1  Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart, 2  saying: “There was in a certain city a judge who did not fear God nor regard man. 3  Now there was a widow in that city; and she came to him, saying, ‘Get justice for me from my adversary.’ 4  And he would not for a while; but afterward he said within himself, ‘Though I do not fear God nor regard man, 5  yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.’ ” 6  Then the Lord said, “Hear what the unjust judge said. 7  And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? 8  I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?”

 

Parable…Persistent Widow (A Comparison By Contrast)

  • God is not the unjust judge
  • We are not the widow that has to pester God…wear Him down…nag Him!!!
  • But persistence is important
  • If we don’t feel something…we give up
  • If an answer don’t come quickly…we give up

 

The Judge…

  • Did not fear God or man
  • Unjust…justice was not his game
  • No compassion or mercy
  • Selfish

Yet persistence affected him.

 

Widow…

  • Low on the social food chain
  • No power, money, or influence

Even with an unjust judge…a widow with no power…used persistence (Not losing heart) to win.

 

God…

  • He is good to us…wants to answer our prayers
  • Merciful, kind, quick to hear
  • We are the children of God…His people…His elect
  • He will avenge speedily…if we don’t lose heart

 

How many times have we been minutes from our answer and gave up.

Prayer takes time to answer.

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