Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Power of persistent prayer

Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’
“For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’”
And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. 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? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth? (Luke 18: 1-8)

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In this parable Jesus wants to show us that our Heavenly Father hears our prayers and answers them quickly. You see how persistent the widow was. She was confronting an unjust judge about her situation. It was purely her persistence that made the judge change his mind. 

Now, it surely does not mean that Jesus wanted us to learn how to manipulate God. Nothing could be further from the truth. God cannot be manipulated and Jesus does not encourage such type of action. Jesus wanted to say that if persistence worked with unjust judge, it will surely work much faster with just and good God. 

Have in mind that we are talking here about God as our Father, not some indifferent judge who doesn’t care about our problems or rights. God does care about them. And He will answer our prayers very soon!

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