20th June 2015

P.U.S.H. 

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

When we pray are we persistent enough or do we give up too easily? In the next few verses that follow the scripture above, Jesus explains how a human Judge, who fears neither God nor man, is eventually worn down by the plea of a widow and grants her justice.

He then tells us that God will bring about justice for his chosen ones who cry out to him day and night. So should we PUSH in our prayers? PUSH means P-ray U-ntil S-omething H-appens. Of course we have to pray for the right things in accordance with God’s will. I very much doubt however long and hard we pray for a Rolls Royce that we will get one.

But for how long and how hard do we pray for other Christians and non-Christians in their trials? Our hearts go out to our persecuted brothers and sisters around the world and we can and should pray for their daily needs and their safety. They especially need our prayers in the difficult and dangerous areas of the world where being a Christian can be a death sentence.

But what about the other people in those areas, people of other faiths or no faith? Don’t they need our prayers too?

And what about when faced with serious illness or crisis in our own family, our church family or among friends or work colleagues?  How long do we pray for their healing and/or deliverance?

I don’t know at what point we should give up praying for a person or a situation, but the scripture above suggests that we need to keep praying until something happens. Perhaps one of our focuses as Christians should be to try and be more persistent in our prayers. If we do we may get a few pleasant surprises.

Prayer
Heavenly Father, we know you hear our prayers but sometimes we get frustrated when there appears to be no answer. Help us to be both patient and persistent in our prayer but always conscious that we pray in accordance with your will.  You know the best answer for every person and situation.
Amen
 

Study by Keith Hartrick

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keithhartrickAbout the Author:
Keith Hartrick is an Elder in Grace Communion Church – Leeds, and serves on the Church Council there.

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One Response to “20th June 2015”

  1. John Rodgers on June 20th, 2015 4:17 pm

    Hello Keith
    Thank you for your day by day. I know that your explanation of this portion of scripture is that we beg God to answer our prayers. This is an accepted explanation of the scripture in question by most Christians to day
    Another explanation is that it is a contrast between mans way and Gods way, “you need to beg the judge but we do not need to beg God because He answers speedily”. This is an accurate explaination but also we need to realise the context. If we keep it in context and forget about the chapter and verse which we know was added for convience.
    The context is the end times as shown in chapter 17. Then in 18 :1 He is saying to pray and not to faint and have faith as indicated in the last sentence of verse 8, which shows that it is in the same endtime context as chapter 17.
    We should be praying with those people who are being persecuted so that they do not faint ( meaning to fail or grow weary) and loose their faith . God knows their plight and will avenge them speedily when the time is right.
    There is no record in the bible of anyone begging God to answer their prayers. They are only short requests for healing ,casting out demons, furtherence of the gospel and so on. Where there are longer prayers they are for praise and thanksgiving,
    Continually asking God to answer a prayer is not in accordance with the gospel of grace as it shows that there is faith but not belief. In other words we know that God can answer our requests but we do not believe that he will unless we keep on and on asking.
    It is worth a thorough study.
    John

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