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LUKE 18:1-8. Introduction  Have you ever wondered if prayer really makes a difference?  Have you stopped praying because of discouragement and doubt?

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1 LUKE 18:1-8

2 Introduction  Have you ever wondered if prayer really makes a difference?  Have you stopped praying because of discouragement and doubt?  How many of us have actually given up and stopped praying?

3  This parable of Jesus is immediately after His warning concerning the Second Coming. (Luke 17:20-36)  Jesus was emphasizing the need to be watchful with the need to pray.  Jesus gives 5 wonderful reasons never to give up.  What are they?

4 1. There is too much at stake.  Jesus point in telling this parable was that they do not lose heart in prayer.. (v.1)  Prayer is not something that we ought to do if it pleases us.  We “must” pray.  If we do not pray, we will lose heart.

5  It is said that George Mueller, the founder of the great Christian orphanage in England was a great man of prayer.  He continued to pray even when the answer seemed delayed.  When he was young, he prayed for two of his friends to be saved.

6  He prayed for more than sixty years.  One was converted shortly before Mueller’s death.  The other, a year after his death.  The first character in this parable is a judge.  He did not fear God or man.

7  In New Testament times, the courtroom was not a building but a tent.  It moved from place to place.  The judge set the agenda.  Only those who were approved and accepted had their cases tried.

8 2.The circumstances may seem to be against you. (v.3)  The second character in this parable is a widow.  As a widow, she had little standing before the law.  Widows were often oppressed and taken advantage of. (Is. 1:17, 23)

9  She did not have a husband to stand with her in the court.  She was also poor and her adversary was oppressing her.  Her situation seemed hopeless.  But she was persistent.  Every day she begged the judge for help.

10  In the court, in front of his friends, in the street, in the market and at his home.  Her only option was to keep asking the judge to help her.  She had no other alternative.

11 3. The answer may be round the corner (v.4,5)  Verse 4 says that the judge finally became weary of her constant petitions.  Although the judge keeps refusing, she keeps coming.  The judge is finally moved to help to save his own reputation.

12  A Note from Wesley’s Diary  Sunday morning May 5 – preached at St. Ann’s, asked not to come back again.  Sunday p.m. May 5, preached at St. John’s. Told to get out and stay out.  Sunday a.m. May 12, preached at St. Jude – cannot go back there again.  Sunday p.m. May 12 preached at St. George’s – kicked out again.

13  Sunday a.m. May 19 preached at St. Peter’s – told not to return.  Sunday p.m. May 19 preached in the street – kicked off the street.  May 26 a.m. preached in a meadow – a bull was let loose.  Sunday June 2 a.m. preached at the edge of town, kicked out again.

14  June 2 p.m. afternoon service in a field – 10,000 people came to hear the Word.  Do not give up, the answer is around the corner.

15 4. God is working out the answer. (v.7-8)  Delay is not denial.  We have always struggled with the silence of God in regards to some prayers.  God answers all pleas of justice and does so quickly.

16  The moment God hears our request, if it is His will, He begins to work out the answer.  A soldier was hitchhiking his way back home.  Stops a car. Gets a lift.  Just 30 minutes from his home, begins to share the Gospel to the driver.

17  The driver stops the car.  Bows down his head and receives Christ.  Thanks the soldier for sharing Christ.  The date was May 7.  Five years later, the soldier decides to visit his friend.  Unable to meet him, but meets his wife.

18  Inquires about her husband.  Tells her how he shared the Gospel to him.  Asks if he remembers the date.  May 7.  Her husband was involved in a car crash that day. He never came home.

19  She had prayed for years for her husband salvation.  Never knew God had kept His word.  Do not give up. God is working out the answers

20 5. Jesus always keeps His promises. v.8  Why are we to be persistent in prayer?  Because prayer demonstrates faith.  Without faith, prayer is but a ritual.  We need to concern ourselves not on the faithfulness of the Lord but rather on our own faithfulness.


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