Scripture Sundays: Always Pray

August 23, 2015

This Sunday’s verse for Scripture Sunday is Luke 18:1. I won’t assume everyone knows the story about The Parable of the Persistent Widow though I think it is well-known. It’s a short one so this is going to be a quick read. A widow kept coming to a judge who does not fear God and respect man. She was asking for justice against a person who wronged her and went to him not only once, but a lot of times. The judge, seemingly bothered by this and to avoid her continual coming, just gave her what she asked for.

Later on, Jesus explained that the persistent widow is like us. We continually come to God in prayer and ask for something or a lot of things, sometimes. The difference, though, between God and this judge is that God is always willing to answer our prayers not because He is bothered by our shameless persistence, but because He loves us unfailingly. As Luke 18:1 says, we should always pray and never lose heart because our God is a true God and He answers prayers. We don’t have to worry about coming to Him everyday and wearing Him out about the desires of our heart because He is always willing to listen to us.

I can attest to this fact because I have a lot of answered prayers that took days, weeks, months, even years to be answered. I must admit, those times were hard and I was always struggling to be patient with the answer. But I always kept in mind that God gives His best in due time and however long it may take, He’ll still teach me important things and lessons so I could be better and stronger. Until now, I thank the Lord for all the lessons while my prayers are still unanswered and most especially, when He gives me exactly what I asked for or sometimes even better!

The key is putting trust in God and never letting unanswered prayers and circumstances weaken our faith.

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  • Reply Dani August 24, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    Oh wow, this is a nice (and timely) reminder! There’s an aspect of my life that I had faithfully prayed for in the last couple of years until I just decided to give up on it completely when we stepped onto 2015. I could never be patient enough to wait on God about it. When a door opens, everything else is never right – whether it be time, the condition of my heart or that I just can’t ever seem to be the right person for it. So I decided to just forget about it and let life distract me from that desire. Needless to say, life has been unsuccessful. That desire (sorry I have to be vague) is always just lurking in the shadows, too hard to ignore. I guess it’s time to lift it up to God once more and ask Him for the patience to wait on His answer.

    Thanks for sharing what God has spoken to you!

    • Reply Rej Relova August 24, 2015 at 1:56 pm

      The Lord always looks out for us, that’s one thing I’m really sure about. I know it may have been too long for you already but I’m quite sure He has planned out the best for you! Maybe the past couple of years had something in them that made Him say that, “Ah, it’s not time for Dani yet. I want the best for her. I might delay this a little bit. But I want her to be patient enough, strong enough by the time I give her the answer.” Well, that’s just me. But I always think of it that way.

      No worries, I understand that some prayers are really personal and best to be unspoken about. Praying for you this week, Dani. 🙂

      • Reply Dani August 24, 2015 at 4:49 pm

        Thank you for the thought and the warm words, Rej! 🙂

        • Reply Rej Relova August 24, 2015 at 4:50 pm

          No worries!!! I love praying for people 🙂

  • Reply Jhanz August 24, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    This is a really wonderful post! it just reminds us that we have to keep ourselves grounded and go back to Him whatever or whenever we might be facing. 🙂

    Looking forward for your next post!

    • Reply Rej Relova August 24, 2015 at 11:14 pm

      I’m glad this post is receiving a lot of positive feedback. ?

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