THE POWER AND MIRACLE OF PRAYER
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Part 13: Jesus Prays & Teaches About Tenacity (Luke 18: 1-8)
In the name of God Master, of the Universe, Ruler of the earth
Editors Note: Brethren many go this way in disbelief. They also come to question the role of the saints. We regret also that the confused and lost see not anything as they devour all things temporal. Meanwhile we lean on Jesus as we hold on to His unchanging hands. We also see these same hands as the song writer called out “Precious Lord take my hand.”
Peace be unto you. To the Church and believing Christians everywhere. To those that believe in the Bible as the supreme authority that governs all of humankind. In this we give thanks to God the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit that leads and guides us the straightway.
Beloved praise be to God our everlasting Father. We lift Him up as we lift up Jesus. Will you also lift up God and Christ as we move through this barren land that God will turn into a paradise? Hallelujah. Therefore as we are persistent in our prayers God will answer. Follow us now to the Book of Luke for a word on this subject. At Luke 18 verses 1-8 Jesus speaks to a persistent widow. The following is what the Word says.
Luke 18: 1-8: “And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;”
This parable is a very important read as we further establish our prayer life. Therefore we will note a more detailed report on our need to be persistent. Here the inspired writer uses the story of a widow to record our need to be persistent in prayer. We are thus instructed to pray always and not faint. Just because our prayers are not answered in the time frame that we have identified does not mean we stop praying. Now follow us to several important scriptures that reveal the need to be forever persistent in prayer. We trust that you will record these scriptural passages and make a note of their impact on prayer.
Romans 12: 12: “Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation continuing instant in prayer;
As we rejoice in hope we have joy in our quest to receive salvation. Thus we are patient and continue an ongoing prayer life.
Ephesians 6: 18: “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
As we watch and pray we always look to pray in the Spirit regarding what is scriptural. Meanwhile we pray for all of the brethren that they will be saved.
Colossians 4: 2: “Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;
Those that continue in prayer reveal a devotion to God. We watch our own conduct as we stand watching along the watchtower. As always we owe a debt of gratitude to our Father. Now for a final note on the need to be persistent in prayer follow us to a classic scripture found at I Thessalonians 5.
I Thessalonians 5: 17: “Pray without ceasing.”
If we cease taking of food and water we will die. So will the saints that pray not.
2: “Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man: “
The character of this judge noted why one needed to be persistent in prayer.
3: “And there was a widow in the city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary.”
It is also reported here that the widow’s complaint was justified.
4: “And he would not for a while but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, not regard man;”
5. “Yet because this widow troubleth me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.”
This judge though had no respect for God. In fact he disrespected those in the flesh. However he acted because he did not want to be troubled by the widow’s persistence. (Also see Luke 11: 8).
6: “And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith.”
Even this judge soon was able to note that injustice was a main reason for the widow’s persistence.
7: “And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?” (Also see Revelation 6: 10).
Almighty God as the just Judge will in time regard the prayers of His children. This will happen among those of faith that are persistent. Now follow us to several prominent scriptural passages that nail this point home.
Matthew 24: 22: “And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.”
Our faith and trust in Christ renders us to keep His commandments. These are the elect of God who are persistent in prayer.
Romans 8: 33: “Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect. It is God that justifieth, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.”
The chosen of God are the elect that obey God’s laws. These are those justifieth and the one’s God has freed from sin. What reason then would anyone have to charge such a person?
8: “I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?”
Here Jesus renders a warning that the saints must be steadfast in their faith. We also note that the New Testament teaches that the church with its faithful members will be here when Jesus comes back. (For more on this see Matthew 24: 40-41; I Corinthians 15: 24, 51 and I Thessalonians 4: 15, 17). For a concluding cross reference to this last verse go with us to I Timothy 4 where Paul instructs the elders and offers guidelines for teaching.
I Timothy 4:1: “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils:”
The Spirit by way of verbal inspiration allowed the inspired writers to see and tell of the challenges of the saints. However as we stay persistent in prayer in faith we can guard against the seducing spirits of evil that lurk in the world. Brethren the Spirit still speaks today. Meanwhile we listen.
Peace and Golden Paradise, Carl A. Patton a willing slave and servant of Almighty God and Christ Jesus writing for the FreedomJournal Press a God Fearing Free Press 26 July 2009 in the year of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus.
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