Summary: This message emphasizes the need for prayer. However, it is not just about prayer itself, but about the need for us to continue in prayer. Being steadfast is a vital characteristic of our prayer lives.
"pray, Pray, PRAY!"
There’s a magazine cartoon that shows a little fellow kneeling beside his bed for his bedtime prayer. He says with some measure of disgust, "Dear God, Uncle Jim still doesn’t have a job; Sis still doesn’t have a date for the social; Grandma is still feeling sick - and I’m tired of praying for this family and not getting results."
Without a doubt…
All of us have felt this way, at one time or another, in regard to our prayers.
-Each one of us has probably felt like quitting.
-Each one of us has probably felt like giving up on seeing answers to our prayers.
-And…probably more than a few of us have actually stopped praying, maybe not altogether, but we have quit praying for certain things.
*Things that God had laid on our heart!
*Things that are important and not trivial.
*Things like seeing a loved one saved or return to Christ.
*Things like having a marriage restored…for successful ministry…sickness or infirmity healed…or an urgent need met.
Why did we quit praying???
We quit praying because of discouragement and doubt.
We quit praying because we sometimes wonder if it does pay to pray.
-And even though we would never voice such thoughts, the idea does sometimes come into our minds.
And you know what???
Jesus knew that his disciples would be tempted to quit praying too.
In Luke 18…Jesus had just finished talking to his disciples about his return and the coming Kingdom of God.
-He told them that his coming, and the establishment of Kingdom of God with it, might be delayed and that during this time they would long for his return.
-And things would not be as good as they might hope for them to be.
That is us, isn’t it???
We are living in the “in-between the times”, and as such, we face troubles, opposition, adversity, etc...
And it is during these times (like you and I face) before Jesus’ returns; that Jesus knew that his disciples would be tempted to give up on prayer…
-So he spoke often on the subject of PERSERVING in PRAYER!
-To give his disciples encouragement and incentives to not give up on prayer.
And this passage is one of those times!
In this passage Jesus gives his disciples THREE reasons to keep on praying.
#1 - Keep on praying because…sometimes the answer to prayer will be delayed.
READ - Luke 18:1
“Now He was telling them a parable to show that at all times they ought to pray and not to lose heart…”
In other words…
We should not stop praying just because we don’t see results quickly.
In verse 1 we are told that Jesus gave this parable to show his disciples that they "should always pray and not give up."
-Understand that there would be no need for such a teaching if most prayers were answered quickly!
-After all, we’re only tempted to give up on something when we are not seeing significant results in a timely manner…or in a timely fashion that WE want.
For example…when we diet to lose weight, we’re likely to give up in discouragement if we weigh ourselves after 2-3 days and expect significant results.