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P.U.S.H.--Pray Until Something Happens!

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Mar 31, 2003

Summary: In this parable, we learn the value of positive, persistent prayer and the need for prayer in our lives.

P.U.S.H. – Pray Until Something Happens!

Luke 18:1-8

By Dr. David O. Dykes

INTRODUCTION

A young man went into a drugstore to buy 3 boxes of chocolate: small, medium, and large. When the pharmacist asked him about the three boxes, he said, “Well, I’m going over to a new girlfriend’s house for supper. Then we’re going out. If she only lets me hold her hand, then I’ll give her the small box. If she lets me kiss her on the cheek, then I’ll give her the medium box. But if she really lets me smooch seriously, I’ll give her the big box.” He made his purchase and left.

That evening as he sat down at dinner with his girlfriend’s family, he asked if he could say the prayer before the meal. He began to pray, and he prayed an earnest, intense prayer that lasted for almost five minutes. When he finished his girlfriend said, “You never told me you were such a religious person.” He said, “And you never told me your dad was a pharmacist!”

It’s a good thing to pray–whatever the circumstances! According to many public opinion polls, prayer is very important to Americans. In 2000 the Gallup organization found 90 percent of Americans pray. 86 percent said they believed in God–isn’t it interesting more people pray than claim to believe in God? 83 percent said they favor prayer at graduation exercises. 70 percent favor Christian prayers spoken in school.

The title of this message is “P.U.S.H.,” an acronym for Pray Until Something Happens! Jesus had a great deal to say about prayer. His disciples watched Him, and they said, “Lord, teach us how to pray.” They never said, “Teach us how to do miracles, or to teach, or to love people.” The one thing about His life that was so fascinating that they wanted to imitate Him was His prayer life. In Luke 18:1-8 He shared a parable about prayer: Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them they should always pray and not give up. You don’t have to wonder about the meaning of this parable because the interpretation is given in the first verse.

He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared about men. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’ For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care about men, 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!’”

And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. 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? I tell you he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the son of man comes will he find faith on the earth?”

The story begins with a widow who had an adversary who was trying to take advantage of her. It’s likely someone was trying to cheat her out of money or land her husband left her. This was prevalent in Bible times, because women had few legal rights. In the wonderful Old Testament story of Ruth, she and Naomi returned to Bethlehem as widows. They had no legal right to claim the land had belonged to their husbands. Fortunately Boaz married Ruth and he became her kinsman/redeemer.

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Randy Bataanon
0 days ago
Wonderful sermon! thankyou for sharing...
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Audrey Poteet
0 days ago
thanks for the title used this sermon title at jail after the sermon we had 34 women crying out to God pray until something happens praise until something happens press until something happens, preach until something happens. thanks for the inspration. bro. audrey poteet cross-bars ministery
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Dennis Sproull
0 days ago
Thanks for reminding us of the need of persistent prayer. I will be sure to pass on these precepts with my congregation. Great way to look at prayer!
Mordi Monday avatar
Mordi Monday
0 days ago
lovely way to be connected to God in prayer.soul touching sermon and very inspiring words
Delwyn X. Campbell avatar
Delwyn X. Campbell
0 days ago
This is an old sermon; either this preacher, or the various women whom I have heard preach it stole it.
Michael Curtis avatar
Michael Curtis
0 days ago
As for the concern that this sermon was "stolen" ... sermons should be like a recipe ... if it is good use it again. I have no problem with sermons being re-preached as long as they are not published for profit. I have had sermons "rehashed" and preached again and I was ok with the idea that the message continued to be effective. Nothing I do is copyrighted ... it came from the Spirit's inspiration in the first place.
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Marsha Beckford
0 days ago
This is an excellent sermon. It totally ministered to me. Continue to allow God to use you in a powerful way. Blessings
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0 days ago
I am currently going through a tough situation i always believed in prayer but i was actually starting to give up i thought to myself that no maybe i prayed too much.but as soon as i read this sermon i am definitely going back and i thank you so much for this word of encouragement i really appreciate.God Bless
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I am currently going through a tough situation i always believed in prayer but i was actually starting to give up i thought to myself that no maybe i prayed too much.but as soon as i read this sermon i am definitely going back and i thank you so much for this word of encouragement i really appreciate.God Bless
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I am currently going through a tough situation i always believed in prayer but i was actually starting to give up i thought to myself that no maybe i prayed too much.but as soon as i read this sermon i am definitely going back and i thank you so much for this word of encouragement i really appreciate.God Bless
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Rebekah Gresens
0 days ago
A couple years ago a friend told me about P.U.S.H. Since I'm a song writer I really felt touched by what she told me and wanted to put P.U.S.H. into a song. A few months later...God gave me the words. I was finally about to get a first recording done just a few weeks ago: http://youtu.be/YnzNs-CRs-0

So, what did you think?


Thank you.