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Everything to God in Prayer!

As I was walking the other day, I thought of the scripture in the text below (Luke 18:8). My thought was keyed on the "Coming of the Lord" and "Would the Lord find faith on the earth when He comes." When I read the correct text in context (Luke 18:1-8), I felt it would be better to use the whole paragraph rather than just the eighth verse. I will do a separate piece on verse eight concerning the coming of the Lord. It will probably be called Countdown to Christmas or Countdown to Y2K.

The text is commonly called the Parable of the Unjust Judge. We can readily identify our Christian walk with the widow who was alone, probably impoverished and having adversity. We likewise can identify the all powerful judge with our God. It would have been ridiculous for this weak widow to have tried to fight with her enemies when she had recourse to a judge who by one decree could satisfy her demands. Yet, that is exactly what many of us try to do. Instead of praying "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done..," we try to accomplish great things for the kingdom of God by our own energy, when it would be so much simpler to bring out problems before the all-powerful Judge who has promised to hear and answer us if only we would take the time to talk to Him. Do you remember the song What a Friend We Have in Jesus?

Oh, what peace we often forfeit,
Oh, what needless pain we bear.
All because we do not carry,
Everything to God in prayer.

Text Luke 18:1-8 Underlining mine:

Luke 18:1 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?

Several points that I notice at first glance are:
1. The context of Luke 18:1-8 is actually weighed more toward continual prayer and intercession than on His second coming. However, we can rest assured that He is coming and perhaps sooner than we expect.

2. Our Christian walk will have continual adversity.

John 15:19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.

John 15:20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.

John 15:21 But all these things will they do unto you for my name's sake, because they know not him that sent me.

Acts 14:22 Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.

Romans 8:36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.

2 Corinthians 7:4 Great is my boldness of speech toward you, great is my glorying of you: I am filled with comfort, I am exceeding joyful in all our tribulation.

1 Thessalonians 3:4 For verily, when we were with you, we told you before that we should suffer tribulation; even as it came to pass, and ye know.

2 Timothy 3:12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

3. God expects us to be in constant communion with Him.

Psalms 55:17 Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.

Psalms 65:2 O thou that hearest prayer, unto thee shall all flesh come.

Psalms 86:3 Be merciful unto me, O Lord: for I cry unto thee daily.

Psalms 102:17 He will regard the prayer of the destitute, and not despise their prayer.

Psalms 142:5 I cried unto thee, O LORD: I said, Thou art my refuge and my portion in the land of the living.

Psalms 142:6 Attend unto my cry; for I am brought very low: deliver me from my persecutors; for they are stronger than I.

Jeremiah 29:12 Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.

Romans 12:12 Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;

Ephesians 6:18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

Philippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

Colossians 4:2 . Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;

Colossians 4:12 Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.

1 Thessalonians 5:17 Pray without ceasing.

Jonah 2:7 When my soul fainted within me I remembered the LORD: and my prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple.

Galatians 6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season

4. God will answer, but not necessarily as soon as we want.

Luke 18:7 And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?

5. Our faith, or lack therof, is directly related to our prayer and intercession. This is also bourne out by the context and needs no further elaboration.

6. Jesus is coming again and will be looking for faith, demonstrated by continual prayer and reliance on Him.

1 Thessalonians 5:2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.

Hebrews 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

James 5:7 Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain.
8. Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.

Martin Luther is reported to have said, "I have so much to do today that I'll never get it done unless I pray three hours." In writing this simple bible study I realized that I am guilty of trying to do it all myself. I had to stop and ask the Lord to forgive me. We are laboring in His Word. He promised that His Word would not return void, that it would accomplish it's purpose. I've asked the Lord to anoint this simple text to further His kingdom. For nothing will be accomplished by my power or efforts. I must have the anointing of the Spirit of the Living God.

Zechariah 4:6 Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.

Don Spooner 12-1-99

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