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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Monday, December 11, 2017
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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)
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 Him 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. (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?”
Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. –Luke 18:1 (NIV)
Bill Gosling (Western Australia, Australia) titled his story “A WIDOW AND A WILLY WAGTAIL;” here is a portion of Bill’s story:
“. . . Up in a nearby tree a willy wagtail (a small, native Australian bird) was harassing a rather large, black crow. . . .
“Upon reflection, I realized that I had just witnessed an example of persistence against seemingly insurmountable odds. I also realized that, just like the willy wagtail, we can be confronted by situations that seem insurmountable. In today’s reading, Jesus uses the example of a persistent widow to remind us not to give up on bringing our requests to God. Our heavenly Father stands ready to answer our cries for help.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – God rewards my persistent praying.
Prayer: Dear Lord Jesus, help us to persist in prayer, even when the situation seems hopeless. Amen.
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