Persistence in Prayer & Accept God's Answer
Luke 18:1-8

1. Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart,

2. saying: “There was in a certain city a judge who did not fear God nor regard man.

3. “Now there was a widow in that city; and she came to him, saying, ‘Avenge me of my adversary.’

4. “And he would not for a while; but afterward he said within himself, ‘Though I do not fear God nor regard man,

5. ‘yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.’”

6. Then the Lord said, “Hear what the unjust judge said.

7. “And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them?

8. “I tell you that He will avenge them speedily.  Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?”
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Prayer?

Many a times, we find that as we strive to seek God’s will for the next part of our lives in which area, place or vocation that He is calling us to, we need to always go back to the basics.  This fundamental position is what God always calls us back to so that we do not lose sight of Him and the importance of reliance on Him.

Often we fail to see the fact that we aspire to do things for God that we don’t really wait upon Him.  We have our views and ideas and we get excited when we think of the possibilities of what we can do.  We let ourselves go before God and our interests becomes what we want God to approve.  Isn’t that true?

God doesn’t want us to do things for Him.  He wants us to wait for Him.  He wants us first to build that love relationship with Him.  Then He will invite us to participate in His work, with His strength and power, to accomplish His will, not ours.

We are a doing people, always having to do things.  Otherwise, we feel we are not pleasing God.  We think that serving God means we have to do something and do it fast.  Well, you know, God doesn’t think that way.  If we think we can do things for Him and then ask His permission to approve it, we will be doing it on our own strength and we will fail to see His will in the work.

As much as we are longing to serve Him, God wants us to grow in our relationship with Him first.  The love relationship is crucial to the work of God.  It is the fundamental reason why God can use us, because we have a relationship with Him and that He is building us up for His work to be done with His strength and in His time.

And fundamental to this is
PRAYER.

You may say, not again.  I have heard hundreds of messages on Prayer.  I know everything about prayer.  Such messages are dull and unexciting.  But you know what?  This need not be the case if we truly appreciate what God thinks of prayer.  Read on and I assure you that you can have a more meaningful understanding and work on your prayer life so that you can be ready to do God’s work.
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