You can have it all, Lord – Worship
It’s time to EAT!
Good morning (or possibly evening)! For many of you it may be very close to 6:48. As our theme is prayer, I am challenging all of us to EAT each day this week at 6:48AM or PM.
We chose 6:48 based on our theme scripture – James 4:8 –
So come close to God, and God will come close to you…
1 Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. 2 He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. 3 And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’
4 “For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, 5 yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’”
6 And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. 7 And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? 8 I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”
I don’t know about you but I usually don’t like to wait for things. I remember being in a Wendy’s restaurant a few years ago. The lady behind the counter took my order and then apologized. She exclaimed, “I’m sorry would you like to order something else? We can’t have your burger ready for about 3 1/2 minutes? I looked at her and said, “Yeah, I’ll get something else.” As I looked at the menu it dawned on me, I just said no to an order because I didn’t want to wait 3 1/2 minutes. As my mind began racing I realized, I was not in a hurry, had no particular place to be and was saying no to a meal because it would not be ready for 3 1/2 minutes! What’s wrong with me? I looked at the woman behind the counter and smiled, “on second thought,” I said, “I’ll gladly wait.”
As I reflected on that moment it became clear to me that our culture does not value waiting. We want everything now. Everyone is in a hurry. Everyone is busy. Everyone has a million things to do. We live in a culture where speed is valued.
Jesus, however, taught us to wait. He taught us to be patiently persistent.
The widow in Jesus’ parable was patient in her persistence. In other words she persistently applied pressure to the judge but did not take justice into her own hands. She knew who could give true justice and appealed to him for the solution.
As believers we are instructed by Jesus to persist in our prayers. We are to pray always. We are to ask and keep on asking, seek and keep on seeking (Mat. 7:7) Persistence is a virtue in the Christian faith. Yet we are not to take matters into our own hands. At the end of the day we are to trust God for his verdict in our situation.
What about you? What are you praying about? Have you given up on a certain request? Have you fainted and given up? Jesus is speaking to you today, to not lose heart. He wants you to be persistently patiently. Re-engage your heart with your Heavenly Father and begin to ask Him to help you with those things that have not been answered in your life. Don’t give up!
Keep on asking…it’s the kind of faith that pleases the Father!
What are you persistently praying for?: