“Once, when Jesus was praying in private and His disciples were with him, He asked them, “Who do the crowds say I am?””
The Prayer of Persistence pt 3
The past few days, we have been talking about persistent prayer. Yesterday, we were looking at what Jesus was saying in Luke 18:1-8. Let’s look at these verses again.
“And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man. And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor respect man, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.’” And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge says. And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”
Here, Jesus is encouraging believers in prayer, by telling them that even an unjust, unrighteous judge finally heard and answered the widow woman’s prayer. This, even though we are told this judge “feared not God and regarded not man.”
This widow woman had come before the unjust judge and simply continued to request the judge “avenge me of my adversary.” Then, Jesus said that if the unjust judge avenged the widow, “Shall not God avenge His own elect?”
In this parable, Jesus was not talking about praying to be saved. He was not talking about praying to filled with the Holy Spirit, either. Nor was He talking about praying to have your financial needs met (sorry to bust your bubble on that one, Amen)! He also was not talking about have your material needs met.
We have already had sessions where we covered all of these different types of prayer. Amen.
But here, in Luke 18:1-8, Jesus is talking about the people of God who are under persecution, crying out for deliverance. Look at verse 7-8 again, “And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”
We have been blessed, and spoiled, by not having too much persecution in the United States. But in today’s political and social climate, we are beginning to experience persecution like never before. We are not used to it. We thought we were better than “all of those heathen nations.”
Why? Because we WERE a Christian nation. Not anymore. And when you are not blessed, what’s left? The curse. That is what we, as a nation, are beginning to experience. If a nation rejects God, God cannot and will not bless that nation. But He will allow the curse to come upon it. Amen!
So what many people on other nations have experienced in the past, we had better prepare for it here. We are beginning to see Christians persecuted IN THIS NATION such as we have never seen before.
But Jesus is saying here, in Luke 18, that the time is coming (and now is beginning to manifest), when pressure is going to be put on all Christians, no matter where we live. The Book of Revelation talks about the end times and about the cry of God’s people will be ascending up to Heaven before Him.
But Jesus is telling us right here, “I tell you, God will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, shall he find faith on the earth?”
Jesus is telling us the TRUE BELIEVERS will not be giving up on prayer! Amen! While the world, and this nation, grows darker and darker and persecution gets worse and worse to the point where we are despairing for our very lives, God WILL avenge us speedily.
God is not and will not be like the unjust judge in the parable. That judge did not avenge the widow speedily. But her persistence paid off in the end. But notice that Jesus said GOD would avenge us speedily.
God will quickly answer the prayers of His very elect, His children – QUICKLY. That is almost exactly the opposite what all of these preachers are teaching concerning these verses. Amen!
I’m over time for today…so we will stop here and pick it back up tomorrow.
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