The Word Still Speaks!
Jesus Teaches on Prayer
God’s Word from Luke 18


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In this issue which I'm sharing with you from Luke chapter 18, Jesus has some remarkably simple ... but powerfully impacting instructions of what we ought to do about real-life issues with regards to how we pray and why we pray!
He encourages us to know that if we pray He will be productive ...not the prayer and not our style of praying.

Prayer is not what is powerful but the One to Whom we pray.

We believe in prayer and in praying and we sure can talk about it ...almost endlessly!

So here is a start to a few thoughts from what our Lord Jesus teaches. If you will apply these truths in your life, you will find Jesus Christ to be surely true to His Word in that He will impact your daily living which is your daily relationship with Him ...your "walk with Him"!

You know, seeking to maintain an honest conversation with God tends to keep us relying on Him in an attitude of expectancy!
Relying on Him means that there will be likely an accompanying humility.
Expectation of God hearing and responding to us, also tends to sensitize our "spiritual ears" as we will find ourselves listening to His voice as we walk through each day with all there is to venture into!
We need Him!
Listen to what Jesus Says and I will make some comments following several groupings of verses ...starting in this issue and continuing out of the same passage of Luke 18 in the next issue I send you.
I trust that you'll be encouraged to think deeply on these simple things that they can become very helpful to you.

In Luke 18:
1"... Jesus was telling them a parable to show that at all times they "ought to pray" and "not to lose heart"
2 saying, "In a certain city there was a judge who did not fear God and did not respect man.
3 There was a widow in that city, and she kept coming to him, saying, Give me legal protection from my opponent.
4 For a while he was unwilling but afterward he said to himself: "Even though I do not fear God nor respect man,
5 yet because this widow bothers me, I will give her legal protection, otherwise by continually coming she will wear me out."
6 And the Lord said, "Hear what the unrighteous judge said!
7 Now, will not God bring about justice for His elect who cry to Him day and night, and will He delay long over them?
8 I tell you that He will bring about justice for them quickly.
However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?"
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3 lessons to learn in the opening sentence are obvious and so practical!
1. "PRAY at ALL times": most of us pray "sometimes" or even often throughout each day ... but most of us would not be found praying "at ALL times".
Would we even know what that/s like?
How does one pray "at ALL times"?
The instruction is not just to pray as we so often do ...eagerly and intensely at times of emergencies or just in times ofserious distress ...nor even by tradition ...just at certain times ...but rather ...the question would be:
"do we pray at ALL times"!?
2. "...men ought to pray" says Jesus ...meaning that prayer is not merely a good idea but that it is an imperative. That is how our Lord Jesus sees it and tell us in all clarity that we truly need to learn to align ourselves with this aspect of our relationship with Him!
It's a necessity because He tells us it is!

3. Then also Jesus says when we pray ...to "not lose heart". When there are pressures of disappointments and the stresses of attacks from the evil one ...possibly through enemy demoralization. We very quickly and easily get paralyzed by "discouragement" which Jesus describes as "losing heart". This eats into our persistence and enthusiasm to pray at all.

We begin even subconsciously to see prayer as not really so "strategic" or perhaps "not productive enough" because so often we are not personally getting what we want from the prayer!
A spirit of discouragement on both the intellectual as well as the emotional level hits us deeply ...whether we've thought it through or not!
This second bit of instruction is imperative for the good HE wants us to enjoy in our walk with Him!

Listen to this summary of what I've shared from the message of Jesus!
Keep praying.
Don't be disheartened (through disappointment!)
He IS listening (He loves to talk with you!)
He WILL deliver you (from the enemy).


In the next issue of "The Word Speaks" I will address more lessons Jesus teaches on prayer.
I look forward to reaching you again very soon!
He IS your Keeper! Keep on keeping on!

The Word – The LIVING Word (our Lord Jesus Christ STILL Speaks.
Listen to Him carefully and talk with Him perpetually!

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Charlie Fordham


cfordham@capernwray.ca
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