20 April, 2013
Post By : David Lindner
Persistence. This verse comes right after Jesus had told the disciples a parable about the “persistent widow.” In this parable, the widow is persistent in asking the unrighteous judge to give her justice against her adversary. And even though the judge isn’t a god-fearing man, he grants the widow her wish because she is persistent.
They persistently called on God to vindicate his people in their cause.
Won’t God give justice to his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he delay long to help them? I tell you, he will give them justice speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth? (Luke 18:7-8)
This is one reason we are praying persistently as a church right now. If the unrighteous ruler will listen to the persistent widow, how much more will a righteous God listen to the pleas of His own children? Once we have truly accepted Christ, we are children of God. And as His children we are also heirs to His kingdom. God will listen to His own children, especially when they are persistent.
However, with the blessing of being a child of God also comes the great responsibility of being one of His kids. Just like an heir an earthly kingdom would be expected to be a champion for the cause of the kingdom they represent, we too are expected to be champions for the cause we represent. We aren’t commoners who walk the streets of the kingdom, we are are children of the King.
Our cause is wrapped up the commission to which we have been called. And as we persistently call on God to vindicate us in that cause, He will be forever faithful. “Won’t God give justice to his chosen ones who cry out to him day and night?” Yes, and he will give us justice speedily.
The Three for Morning, Afternoon and Evening.
“Now for Next” Prayer
What do we need to do now as a church to be ready for what God has for us next.
“What’s My Role” Prayer
Pray for God to show us the role we will play individually in accomplishing that mission.
14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.