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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Saturday, August 6, 2016
Today’s scripture reading:
To persist in prayer and not give up does not mean endless repetition or painfully long prayer sessions. Constant prayer means keeping our requests continually before God as we live for him day by day, believing he will answer. When we live by faith, we are not to give up. God may delay answering, but his delays always have good reasons. As we persist in prayer, we grow in character, faith, and hope.
If godless judges respond to constant pressure, how much more will a great and loving God respond to us. If we know he loves us, we can believe he will hear our cries for help. (NLT)
Luke 18:1-8 – One day Jesus told his disciples a story to illustrate their need for constant prayer and to show them that they must never give up. “There was a judge in a certain city,” he said, “who was a godless man with great contempt for everyone. A widow of that city came to him repeatedly, appealing for justice against someone who had harmed her. The judge ignored her for a while, but eventually she wore him out. ‘I fear neither God nor man,’ he said to himself, ‘but this woman is driving me crazy. I’m going to see that she gets justice, because she is wearing me out with her constant requests!’”
Then the Lord said, “Learn a lesson from this evil judge. Even he rendered a just decision in the end, so don’t you think God will surely give justice to his chosen people who plead with him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will grant justice to them quickly! But when I, the Son of Man, return, how many will I find who have faith?”
Pray in the Spirit at all times in every prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert and always persevere in supplication for all the saints. – Ephesians 6:18 (NRSV)
Nwakuche Emeka’s (Lagos, Nigeria) story is titled “STEADFAST IN PRAYER;” here is a portion of Nwakuche’s story:
“My mom’s health was deteriorating due to pneumonia. Every night, we anticipated the worst. She coughed through the night, and her coughs were deep and terrifying. Watching her cough day after day for over three years made me wonder why good people suffer. . . . Her condition was complicated by the fact that she had hepatitis, diabetes, and hypertension.
“Yet, her attitude amazed me. Instead of complaining, she spent her time engaged in fervent prayer. Every night, as the battle with a racking cough raged, she prayed for healing – until one day, it came!
“Our hearts were greatly encouraged by her healing and by the power of prayer. Today, four years later, my mom is still healed of pneumonia. She is able to sleep peacefully, cough-free, rejoicing in what God has done.
“Paul reminds us in the verse quoted above to persevere in prayer. Even though illness or other circumstances may bring devastation, when we pray persistently God hears our prayers and surrounds us with love.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – I will be persistent in prayer.
Prayer: Healer of the sick, fan the flame of perseverance in us to pray for all who are ill. Amen.
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/
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