“Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart, saying: “There was in a certain city a judge who did not fear God nor regard man. Now there was a widow in that city; and she came to him, saying, ‘Get justice for me from my adversary.’ And he would not for a while; but afterward he said within himself, ‘Though I do not fear God nor regard man, yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.’ ” Then the Lord said, “Hear what the unjust judge said. And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?””
Luke 18:1-8 NKJV
God has given me a desire to pray. Somewhere in my walk of faith, I discovered that I as a follower of Jesus, one delivered from my sins by faith in Christ, had direct access to the Father. When Jesus went to the cross to die for the sins of the world, He removed all impediments to the throne of God. His body was the veil, rent for us, just as the veil in the temple was rent top to bottom. God made a way for us to go to Him.
“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
John 14:6 NKJV
Though we have been given such glorious and powerful access, many of us doing not use it, opting instead to deal with situations in our lives without ever going to God.
Luke chapter eighteen spoke to this problem this morning, as I was reminded of the widow who pursued the judge to seek action on her grievance. She persisted day and night and did not give up. I think that we have a tendency to pray a little, not get the answer we desire and then give up. We then take on the attitude, implicitly, that prayer does not work.
We lose faith in the God who created the world, the universe, and you and me. Like Jesus, I too wonder if He will find faith on earth when He returns.
In these darkening times, it is essential to pray. So many things are happening, that have future significance, and eternal consequence, and to go through them without prayer is foolhardy at best, tragic at worst. We are seeing the devolution of the world as we know it, and evil is unbound, as the Lord is preparing the soil for the harvest to come.
Brothers and sisters, we need to pray!
In my intercession, I am praying for many. One thing I pray forces that they themselves become praying people, seeking the Lord on behalf of others, and for themselves, that they have the heart of God. For those who can see, these are exciting times, for we know that our redemption draweth nigh.
My people pray without ceasing, whether you see things happening our not. We do not know what the Lord is doing, and we are not privy to the insight of our all knowing God. Pray always, praise always, even when it is hard to do.
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
I Thessalonians 5:16-18 NKJV
In the coming hours, days, weeks, months, and perhaps, years, the prayers of the saints will be greatly needed, as many are going to feel the testing of the devil. Let us be as relentless as the widow, seeking the Lord. Even now, our brothers and sisters, in far off lands, are praying for us, that we catch the fire of revival.
There will come a day when even the martyrs will cry out.
“When He opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held. And they cried with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” Then a white robe was given to each of them; and it was said to them that they should rest a little while longer, until both the number of their fellow servants and their brethren, who would be killed as they were, was completed.”
Revelation 6:9-11 NKJV
Stand now, my people, while it is still comfortable to do so, for it will become more and more difficult, the closer we get to the return of our Glorious King.
THE PRAY CHAIR IS OPEN! Send me your requests!
Pray especially for Mariupol, for methinks the Lord is giving us a glimpse of what awaits those of us who call upon His name.