Prayer works

 
Prayer works.  God listens.  Jesus says so.
And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart.   We should always be praying to God.  He is listening.  Sometimes we just get impatient and give up, forgetting that He will answer our prayers, but it will come on His time, not ours.
He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man.”  Under the rule of King Herod at the time, there were probably a great many judges who fit this description.
And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’   Why do I have this picture in my head of a little old church lady, coming back day after day, just pounding on this judge to give her what she wants?

For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor respect man, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.’    Well that’s why I have that vision – the judges own thought process on why he is eventually giving her what she wants!!  This woman is just going to nag, nag, nag him until she gets what she wants!!  How often do we see people just not let go of an issue until they get their way?  How often do we do this ourselves?
And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge says. And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”  We are God’s people, he will provide.  We forget that we do not understand all that God does.  We do not see the world as he does.  Like I said before, we are on His time, He is not on our time.  He has purpose in delays.  Maybe he’s trying to develop something in us.  Maybe he is showing mercy to those who have hurt us.  Maybe he is just not a vending machine, there for us punch a number and get a bag of peanut M&MS!   Think about how impatient we get when that chocolate candy does not come out like it’s supposed to.  Too often, that’s how we are with our prayers to God.  But he is not a vending machine God, there for our instant gratification.  We may live in an instant gratification culture, but God does not.  There are times when prayers are quickly answered, but far more times when we will give up without allowing God to show up and show off.   We do know this – ““Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭7:7‬ ‭ESV‬‬. If we ask, he does listen.  But sometimes we will have to keep asking, and keep asking, and keep asking.  Don’t be so quick to give up.  Even this heartless judge ultimately gave this nagging woman what she wanted, and he cared nothing about her.  We serve a God who gave his son for us, we think he won’t answer our prayers for the things we ask Him for??

 

“And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man. And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor respect man, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.’” And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge says. And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?””
‭‭Luke‬ ‭18:1-8‬ ‭ESV‬‬
http://bible.com/59/luk.18.1-8.esv

John Lewis

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