Devotions for Tuesday, August 9, 2011
And he spake a parable unto them to this end , that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man: And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary. And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man; Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me. And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith. And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth? (Luke 18:1-8)
Pastor Ben’s Commentary:
Today’s passage and commentary will be short, but don’t let that make you think that it isn’t important or profound.
Jesus is teaching on the relationship to prayer and faith. He gives the example of a “judge” (same word as deliverer). Even a judge who does not care about God or others is moved by persistence. Jesus says that God is moved by our persistent prayer even more than the unjust judge is moved by the persistence of the widow who makes requests to him.
Persistent prayer shows faith in God. Our faith pleases God.. Is there something you need? Have you prayed about it?
Persistent prayer shows authentic faith in God.