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When You Don’t Want To Pray

Sometimes, we Christians don’t feel like praying. Jesus addresses this in Luke 18. This  parable starts in a city with an unscrupulous judge. This judge has no morals, no ethics and no sense of justice. He does not fear God nor respect man.  A widow is taken advantage of and the judge refuses to help. Maybe he knew she didn’t have the resources to bribe him? Or, he simply was a cold-hearted man.

Luke 18:6-8 gives four ways God is different than this unjust judge and lists four reasons why you should persist in your prayers.

Keep praying, God answers because he is just. “Will God not give justice…?” Unlike the unjust judge when God acts and answers He is doing the only thing He can do which is in keeping with His character, act justly.

Keep praying, God answers because he is loving and gracious. The unjust judge stands in contrast with our Father in heaven. Unlike the unjust judge God sees your condition and operates from a sphere of love and graciousness to you. You may ask, “where?” because you don’t see the words loving and gracious.

Keep praying, God answers because you are His elect. This is exactly what Ephesians 1 teaches, “In love he predestined you for adoption to Himself as sons…” You may be widowed or fatherless in an earthly sense, but you have a Father who cares for His children. He provides for the widowed. He cares for His elect.

Keep praying, God answers swiftly.  What does this mean? No doubt, your heart and mind argue with the Bible at words like this. Swiftly means that at the exact moment God determines for the answer to take place, nothing stops His timetable. So what about when you pray and it appears that God is silent?

“Sometimes silence means that God’s answer is a loving no. Sometimes silence means that God has a bigger answer in store than we could ever have dreamed of or asked for. Sometimes the silence of God is meant to instill greater dependence upon him. Sometimes silence is a delay to allow our prayers to mature.” (Kent Hughes)

“It will be a wonderful moment for some when we stand before God and find that the prayers we clamored for in early days and imagined were never answered, have been answered in the most amazing (yet unknown) way…” (Oswald Chambers)

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