My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Jesus instructs on prayer
Now He was telling them a parable to show that at all times they ought to pray and not to lose heart,
(Luke 18:1 NASB)
And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge said;
(Luke 18:6 NASB)
now, will not God bring about justice for His elect who cry to Him day and night, and will He delay long over them?
(Luke 18:7 NASB)
“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?”
(Luke 18:8 NASB)
“But the tax collector, standing some distance away, was even
unwilling to lift up his eyes to heaven, but was beating his breast,
saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, the sinner!’
(Luke 18:13 NASB)
“I tell you, this man went to his house justified rather than the
other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who
humbles himself will be exalted.”
(Luke 18:14 NASB)
But Jesus called for them, saying, “Permit the children to come to
Me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as
(Luke 18:16 NASB)
Those who led the way were sternly telling him to be quiet; but he
kept crying out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
(Luke 18:39 NASB)
In this chapter full of parables Jesus has lessons for us on our
prayer lives. Prayer is one of those great mysteries that is rather
difficult to comprehend. Why would God need or want us to participate
with him in prayer? And yet from the first parable we learn about
persistence. Somehow as the woman continues to cry out, her prayer is
answered. If God knows what we need before we even ask, then why does
he want or need his people to cry out to him in prayer? Second, we
learn about our attitude in prayer. We are not to be demanding of our
God, but rather come before him with a spirit and attitude of humility.
The cry of our heart is that God would have mercy on us. We are
absolutely unworthy of his goodness and his love and mercy are a gift to
us. That is why he tells us to come to him like little children. Come
in innocence and faith believing that we may humbly sit on his lap, and
ask, "Daddy, can you forgive me?" And as we cry out, the Lord hears
our cries and he answers our prayers.
There is nothing in our human behavior which changes God's nature.
God, in his grace is constantly reaching out to us, and wanting to draw
us near to him. However, he is asking that we join into the stream of
his grace, or the movement of his Holy Spirit through a life of prayer.
This is one of the mysteries of heaven which we do not comprehend, but
when God's people unite together with him in prayer, things are unloosed
in heaven which have been bound up. Does God need man to participate
with him for this to happen. No, I don't think so, because he is an all
powerful God. However, I believe that he desires so -- and has
established an order in which he desires for us to unite with him
through prayer. If we examine historically all of the great revivals or
awakenings which have occurred, it has been when God's people have
prayed. Significant time has been spent in prayer, not just a few
moments here and there. Rather, there has been a persistence, a getting
a hold of God time and just not letting go until the power of his Holy
Spirit has been poured out and there has been a significant movement or
shifting here on earth.
This is a crucial time in world and certainly for Christianity. The
shifts which we see around us are simply astounding and we wonder what
the future holds. Christianity is under attack around the globe, and
unless Christians unite together within the power of the Holy Spirit
through prayer, we don't have a chance. We must cry out for God to have
mercy on us, for we have been unfaithful!
Forgive us, father, daddy -- but please, move us into your future and help us to be your faithful servants. Amen.