January 18th, 2017… Patience in Persistence


Ahhh… what’s your Wednesday like? Do you have days of the week that get a little hectic? I pray for extra patience on Wednesdays because I really need it! Our Wednesdays our hectic. We have awana club and practice and running from work, to home, to club, to home…and- well, Wednesday’s go quickly and I am a little worn out by the end of the day. But it is all good things and some days are meant to be filled up. 

This morning I made a point to be sure to set my alarm for very early so I could have my coffee and read my Bible. I am so glad I did because it set the tone for the whole day! 

Today I read Genesis 44-46 and Luke 18. Genesis story is so complex and deep and we continue into Egypt and Joseph revealing himself as a brother at the end of chapter 46!! I wanted to keep on reading, but I had to stay on track. I’ll get to continue that drama tomorrow. Today my verse comes from Matthew. I love the applicable truths that Jesus speaks. Some are more profound and complex than others, but my verse is so true and so needing of reminding. 

S: SCRIPTURE 

Luke 18:1

Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart

O: OBSERVATION 

Jesus is about to tell a parable, but before Luke goes into the words of Jesus, he explains why Jesus told this parable and what it was about. 

1) men ought to pray 

2) men ought to not lose heart (while praying) 

Jesus goes on to share the Parable of the persistent widow

A: Jesus often speaks and tells stories in parables. I think one thing I can apply here is he generally gets his idea across in a simple and concise manner. To the point. Here in the parable of the persistent widow, Jesus shows the importance of continually praying. He uses contrast instead of side by side comparison to show how God cares about our prayers and answers us when we keep seeking. (Note: He doesn’t always answer how we anticipate or ask for). Luke 18:6-7 (NIV) says:

6 And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. 7 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?

P: PRAYER

Lord, 

Help us to keep your words in our hearts. You tell us so plainly what you need us to know. You do answer prayers, and you also tell us (many times) to pray continually; pray without ceasing; pray at all hours. Help us to look up instead of outwards and around for answers. Help us to be patient in our persistence. Let us not lose hope. You are our adversary, our guardian and just judge. 

Thank you Lord, 

In Jesus’ name, 

Amen

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