Word 4U Today



A key part of prayer is persistence.

Often, it’s not enough simply to ask. God wants us to not be afraid of having a bit of guts. How do we know?

Jesus told a story about a widow who’d been in a dispute with an enemy. She approached a judge and decided she wasn’t going to give up pleading with him, until he gave in and said

‘‘I’m going to see that she gets justice, because she is wearing me out with her constant requests!’’ (v.5).

Ace, what a great attitude to prayer, right? Never giving up? But wait… what about that judge. He sounds a little off. Does this story mean that God is indifferent to our needs? Does He really care about our prayers, or does He only give in to us because we’ve nagged Him enough?

Not at all. The judge in this story is unjust; Jesus made his story’s judge a bit of an (…ummm…insert nice-Christian-word-for-a-bad-man here) to make exactly this point: if this tired, grumpy old man gives in, ‘don’t you think God will surely give justice to His chosen people who cry out to Him day and night? Will He keep putting them off?’ (v.7)

Remember that this is God in Heaven,

who loves to see you blessed.

If you don’t see an answer to that prayer, keep asking Him. He’s not reluctant to answer you, but He’s working things to give you the very best, and wants you to get even closer in the meantime.

When you pray, don’t prepare yourself for a weary battle against a distant, half-hearted God. Go with confidence that He’ll answer.

What now?

God is willing and is waiting. Pray and pray again for something you’ve given up praying for.

‘…Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up.’ Luke 18:1 NLT

Joy Ferdiz

April 26th, 2014

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