for November 18, 2023
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11-18-2023 Luke 18 V-0108 Parable of praying unceasingly
The Gospel of Luke Ch 18 v- One thru Eight
1 Then he told them a parable about the necessity for them to pray always without becoming weary. He said, 2 “There was a judge in a certain town who neither feared God nor respected any human being. 3 And a widow in that town used to come to him and say, ‘Render a just decision for me against my adversary.’ 4 For a long time the judge was unwilling, but eventually he thought, ‘While it is true that I neither fear God nor respect any human being, 5 because this widow keeps bothering me I shall deliver a just decision for her lest she finally come and strike me.’” 6 The Lord said, “Pay attention to what the dishonest judge says. 7 Will not God then secure the rights of his chosen ones who call out to him day and night? Will he be slow to answer them? 8 I tell you, he will see to it that justice is done for them speedily. But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”
The parable of the Persistent Widow tells the story of a widow who goes to a judge seeking justice against her adversary. The judge, however, is described as someone who neither fears God nor cares about people. Instead of helping her, he repeatedly refuses to listen to her case. Despite the judge's initial refusal, the widow persists in seeking justice. She continues to approach the judge, making her request over and over again. Eventually, the judge decides to grant her request, not because he suddenly becomes compassionate or just, but because he is tired of her persistence. He says to himself, "Though I neither fear God nor have regard for people, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won't eventually come and attack me!"
Jesus concludes the parable by drawing a lesson from it. He says, "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."
The parable teaches about the importance of persistence in prayer and faith. The widow's relentless pursuit of justice symbolizes the persistence of believers in seeking God's intervention and justice in their lives. The unjust judge becomes an example of how even an unrighteous, indifferent person can be swayed by persistence. The parable emphasizes that if even an unjust judge eventually grants justice due to persistence, how much more will a just and loving God respond to the cries of his chosen ones? It encourages believers to continue praying and not lose heart, trusting that God will bring about justice in his perfect timing. Overall, the parable of the Persistent Widow highlights the importance of persistence, faith, and trust in God's justice and his willingness to answer the prayers of his people. The prayers of me and you. Amen.
Join me as we pray our daily prayer of forgiveness. The Lord’s Prayer.
At the Savior's command and formed by divine teaching, we dare to say:
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Deliver us, Lord, we pray, from every evil, graciously grant peace in our days, that, by the help of your mercy, we may be always free from sin and safe from all distress, as we await the blessed hope and the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ. For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours now and for ever. Amen.
I am sorry Lord. I believe You died and rose for me. Please forgive me as I forgive others. I share You as my Lord and Savior seeking to live your Will in all things. Prayers for wife Toni and my mother Betty pray for our children especially our two oldest Alexandra & Allen Son in Law Mark Stern; Julian, Gabriel and Jeffrey and our grandchildren Oliver, Julian and Elliott. We pray for those we’ve said we’d pray for and those who’ve asked us to pray for them. We pray for the dying as we do each day Lord give them peace in their last breath. We pray for Holy Mother Church. Our prayers for a friend and his wife for a baby to be born has been answered; she is 28 weeks pregnant with a little boy named David Alexander. Praise God thank You Jesus. In Jesus Precious Blood by His Name we pray. Amen.
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11-18-2023 Luke 18 v-01
**Parable of praying unceasingly**
Parable of praying unceasingly
Necessity great to always pray
Weary don’t become increasingly
Always pray what you do or say
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November 18, 2023 @ 04:59 AM EST
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