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Why Do We Give Up On Prayer? (4 of 7)
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Today we are going to talk about "Why Do We Give Up On Prayer?" You may not give up on prayer but it is a common thing for believers to become discouraged and to give up on prayer. So if you will turn to Luke 18, Jesus gives a parable found only in the gospel of Luke as all of these are in this series, about why we shouldn't give up on prayer. And as we look at this story I hope that it will be a blessing to you.
Luke 18:1-8 "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?"
Verse 1 is a tremendous statement in and of itself; men ought always to pray and not to faint. That is, not to give up, not to be discouraged in prayer. And that also tells us that sometimes it is easy to give up on prayer because we pray and it seems that nothing happens. We pray and it seems that there is no answer. We pray and it seems God is not listening. But Jesus said, don't give up.
Jesus is not saying in this parable that God is like the unjust judge in His character. This is an unjust judge who does not fear God nor regard man, a judge who lacks compassion, a judge who lacks a concern, a very hard man, a very difficult man and yet because this widow is fa ...
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