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Keeping It Together When Your World is Falling Apart

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Sermon shared by Richard Burkey

October 1998
Summary: Faith in action is a life of prayer, not just any old kind of prayer, but the prayer that can keep you together when your world is falling apart.
Denomination: Lutheran
Audience: General adults
Sermon:
Keeping It Together When Your World is Falling Apart

Luke 18:1-8
(1) Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. (2) He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared about men. (3) And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’
(4) For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care about men, (5) yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually wear me out with her coming!’”
(6) And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. (7) And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? (8) I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”

INTRODUCTION: The original “Keep on believing!” and “Keeping the faith!”
The Padres faithful this year have continued to sing the team’s twin theme song, “Keep on believing” and “keeping the faith.” If I remember they used the same song last year. Now either they wanted to save all their marketing dollars for Proposition C, or they have realized there is tremendous power when you keep on believing and keep the faith.

However, the original “keep on believing” and “keep the faith” encouragement does not come from the Padres, nor from baseball, it comes from this great story from Jesus. The purpose of the story Jesus tells is shared with us in verse 1: “Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.”

These opening words in Luke 18 follow Jesus’ description of the end of the world in Luke 17, which ends in Luke 17:37, with this comment by Jesus, “Where there is a dead body, there the vultures will gather.” Now I have the gift of discernment and that verse tells me somebody is having a bad day. When dead bodies or vultures pop into your life, you are not having a good day.

Jesus story in Luke 18 is great wisdom for those of us today who are having a “vulture” attack in life. Vulture attacks are like losing your job, battling illness, family crisis, or being financially in trouble. I don’t know what your vulture attack is today, I do that they quickly descend upon us. As we look at God’s Life Building Word today, I invite you to think of what vultures are threatening to attack and tear your world apart. For it is in those moments when it looks like the vultures are gathering around, you ask yourself:

How to Keep It Together When Your World is Falling Apart?

Jesus’ answer is simple and profound: P.R.A.Y. !!!!

Faith in action is a life of prayer, not just any old kind of prayer, but the prayer that can keep you together when your world is falling apart. The power is not in my prayer life, but in praying to our great God.
Comments and Shared Ideas
Valerie Johnson
December 13, 2007
once again, you come to my life and have given me hope, spelling out the love of God, in a simple, understandable way... i have shared this with my friends and they thank you too! good to know this is here! good to know you are still as dynamic as ever!! thanks!

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