Luke 18:1-8 (NKJV)
The Parable of the Persistent Widow
18 Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart, 2 saying: “There was in a certain city a judge who did not fear God nor regard man. 3 Now there was a widow in that city; and she came to him, saying, ‘Get justice for me from my adversary.’ 4 And he would not for a while; but afterward he said within himself, ‘Though I do not fear God nor regard man, 5 yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.’ ”
6 Then the Lord said, “Hear what the unjust judge said. 7 And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? 8 I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?”
Verse 1…Always Pray.
Verse 5…Continual Coming.
Verse 7…Cry out Day and Night to Him.
Two Questions for you as you read this passage…
Could it be that you’ve lost heart because you haven’t resorted to communicating with the Lord about this particular situation that’s causing you to lose heart in the first place?
Losing heart “in light of afflictions and hardships of life.” John MacArthur.
Egkakeo (BDAG, p. 272) “Lose Heart” means “to lose one’s motivation in continuing a desirable pattern or conduct or activity, lose enthusiasm, be discouraged…give up.”
Will He really find faith on the earth? Or do our actions prove that our faith is small or nonexistent. Do you believe He’ll see you through these hard times and afflictions?
Additional Related Passages:
Romans 12:12 (NKJV) rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer;
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NKJV) 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
Philippians 4:6-7 (NKJV) 6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Nate Smith is a college baseball and football coach, a husband, a father of 6 girls, grandpa to 3 granddaughters, a police chaplain, a pastor, and has a passion to see men grow in Christ.
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