January- February 2019
THE ABSENT PIECE TO ANSWERED PRAYER!
And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;
In the gospel of Luke chapter 18 verses 1 through 8 we find the parable of the unjust judge.
This chapter could be effortlessly outlined like this:
I. Confident Prayer. (verses 1-8)
II. Arrogant Prayer. (verses 9-17)
III. Ignorant Prayer. (verses 18-34)
IV. Persistent Prayer. (verses 35-43)
It is while the physician Luke is dealing (under the direct inspiration of the Holy Spirit) with the "Confident Prayer" that a person sees the four word phrase that would probably bring 98% answers to their prayers. (verse 1) "AND NOT TO FAINT".
A preacher now in heaven once said about our text "...the insistent woman suggests we should hammer at the gates of the Celestial City until every angel asks, "when, O God, will thou answer that Christian?"
Friend, you and I (those of us that are saved) need to plug persistence into our prayer lives to see large answers to prayer come to pass!
There are three truths that motivate the believer to be steadfast in supplication:
(All found in Luke 18)
I. THE EXHORATION.
A truth that motivates the believer to be steadfast in supplication is the exhortation. (verse 1) The Lord Jesus Christ gave to His followers then and to his followers now the best advise on prayer that a person could ever receive, and that is PRAYER + PERSEVERANCE = POWERFUL ANSWERS TO PRAYER. If one doesn’t hear and heed this counsel they will never remove a name, need or a necessary victory off their "prayer list", regardless of how long t's been there. (Gal. 6:9) The exhortation!
II. THE EXAMPLE.
A truth that motivates the believer to be steadfast in supplication is the example. (verse 3) Here is a woman who didn't have a living spouse or a lawyer to speak for her, but she wasn't without the determination to get the unjust judge's ear. This unique individual showcases the truth if you'll get desperate enough, you'll get Deity to intersect with your emergency. (Read Gen. 32:22-32) The example!
III. THE EXPECTANCY.
A truth that motivates the believer to be steadfast in supplication is the expectancy. (verses 7 & 8) The Lord Jesus Christ gave in this single parable a golden nugget for the Christian life, DRIVE in prayer will birth DELIGHT for prayer. Your outlook will always change when from your knees you have an UPLOOK. (Rom. 12:12) The expectancy!