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WORD for the Week of:
October 7 - 13, 2001

 
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Luke 18: 1-9

And he* spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;

2 Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man:

3 And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary.

4 And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man

5 Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.

6 And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith.

7 And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?

8 I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?

*Jesus

The question that the Lord asks at the end of this passage illustrates an important point about prayer.

According to the story, the judge did not care about God or people, at all. Yet why did the widow trouble him? This is mysterious because we don't know how many times the widow came to him, and the story only mentions the single time she did.

The point? This judge, unjust as he was, gave the widow justice. Before he did, he had no peace until she was satisfied. How much more would a just judge give justice? This judge, who "bears long" with us in hearing our prayers, is God the Father.

But Jesus asks whether he will find faith on the earth. What is our faith according to this story?

It is our prayers.

Don't give up. Keep praying for your life, your loved ones, and this country.

And if you don't how to start praying for your life, go here!

   
 
 
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