Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
July 15 Scripture Selection: Luke 18:1-17
Food for Thought: Luke 18:1, 8
The scriptures are very direct in meaning here, thankfully. There is no need for much in-depth study to understand what the Lord is saying. Jesus spoke this parable for the purpose of teaching people always to pray and not lose heart. It is easy to get discouraged when things do not look like they are turning out well. But Jesus encourages us continue to pray and to stay the course in faith and hope. “But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance (Rom 8:25).”
Over and over in the scriptures we see the importance of perseverance. In Revelation 2:3 and 3:10, Jesus commends the churches of Ephesus and Sardis for having persevered with patience. It pays off in this life and the one to come to be persistent in faith, as explained in James 5:11, “Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord—that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful.”
The Bible gives us specific directions on prayer and perseverance in Ephesians 6:17-19: “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—” Further, 2 Peter 1:5-7 reminds us to add in our faith-walk certain character traits that build on one another and keep us on track to receive that which we pray for: “But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love.” Notice that perseverance and all the other traits are things that we decide to add to ourselves as we live by faith, just as the widow woman of today’s scripture selection did. She chose not to give up, and finally got her request.
Jesus wonders in verse 8 if He will find faith on the earth when He returns. The situation will be dire at the end, but that doesn’t mean we just give up and hide in a hole till He comes back! Rather, we eagerly wait and pray in faith, and we do get the victory because prayer does change things. If that were not so, then Jesus would not be encouraging us to always pray and not lose heart.
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Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
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