“Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.”  Luke 18:1

Oh, how guilty am I of giving up?  When the road gets tough and the tough gets going, where am I?  Sitting on a park bench, my face planted in the palms of my hands expressing my lack of endurance.  In my own strength, I collapse with frustration, fatigue and the hopeless will to no longer fight.  I begin to dream of life on the other side of the world I once grew strong in defending and seeing the long and windy, often graveled and filled with pot-holes, road ahead, I throw my hands to the air and declare . . . “I give up.”

But, unlike me, the parable of the widow spoken of by Luke in chapter 18 is far from anyone’s expectations.  Prayerful persistence gets the judge’s attention — and an answer!

Regardless of the circumstances, Christ was reminding us of the hope we have in Him.  He wants us to be the one knocking on the door at all hours of the night and day asking for results with confidence He’ll deliver.

Prayer has power . . . persistent prayer has power, with fireworks!

Lord Jesus, persistence is not my strength.  It’s not what I do well on this earth.  Teach me to know that my earth-bound limitations do not exist in your world.  Remind me of the persistence of the widow to approach your throne often over my circumstances.  Lend me your ear!  Thank you for being approachable, willing and quick to hear my voice!

“To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life.”  Romans 2:7

by:  Mark Cruver

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