Admirers vs. Advancers
Don’t Give Up!
Scripture Reading: Luke 18:2-8
Key Verse: Luke 18:1
Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.
Jn my opinion, a true Christ follower only needs to hear what Jesus has to say in Luke 18:1 to know that prayer is essential! We should always pray and not give up! Here is the key ingredient to being an aggressive advancer in the kingdom of God!
Why did Jesus feel a need to give us this challenge? Because He understood how hard it would be for His followers to be consistent in their prayers! Why is prayer so hard for us to stay fervent in on a daily basis? First, I believe that the enemy of our soul makes prayer as hard as his influence can make it! He knows how powerful prayer is and how damaging to his evil kingdom it becomes! So when we determine to pray consistently every day, the devil fires up all his forces against us. Praise God, greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world.
The second reason prayer is so difficult is that it is a faith adventure! Ninety-nine percent of the time we do not receive immediate gratification from our prayers. The Bible has dozens of scriptures about waiting on the Lord. We must remember: prayer is about trusting God with our needs and when He deems to answer them.
Finally, prayer is difficult because our flesh is weak and we tend to want to control our own lives rather than committing things to the Lord! Let’s fight these battles and advance in our prayer life!
Father, I will need your divine power and strength to be a consistent warrior in prayer! Holy Spirit, thank you for being my helper! In Jesus’ name, amen.