3 LESSONS FROM THE PERSISTENT WIDOW Pine Grove Church of Christ – 03/07/10
The Parable of the Persistent Widow The Parable of the Persistent Widow Luke 18:1-8
The Parable of the Persistent Widow 1.) We Need to Pray
We Need to Pray In Times of Joy – Do we fail give thanksgivings to God? I Thessalonians 5:17-18 – “in everything give thanks” In Times of Distress – Do we fail to petition God for help? II Chronicles 16:12 – “yet in his disease he did not seek the Lord” Hebrews 13:5-6 – “The Lord is my helper”
We Need to Pray Not only do we need to pray, but we need to be persistent. Luke 11:1-8 – “yet because of his persistence he will rise”
The Parable of the Persistent Widow 1.) We Need to Pray 2. ) God, the Hearer of Our Prayers
God, the Hearer of Our Prayers I Peter 5:6-7 – “casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you” Matthew 7:7-11 – “how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” John 9:31 – “He hears him” I Peter 3:12 – “His ears are open to their prayers”
God, the Hearer of Our Prayers I John 2:1 – “we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus” Romans 8:34 – “who also makes intercession for us”
The Parable of the Persistent Widow 1.) We Need to Pray 2. ) God, the Hearer of Our Prayers 3.) Don’t Lose Heart
Don’t Lose Heart NEVER GIVE UP Philippians 3:8-14 (11) “if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead” (14) “I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” Galatians 6:9 – “let us not grow weary while doing good”
Conclusion We need to continue to grow in our relationship with God and prays always. We need to make a commitment that in our pursuit of God and Heaven – WE WILL NEVER GIVE UP. Do you want to go to heaven? Then do whatever it takes to be there.
God’s Invitation Hear the Word of God (Romans 10:17) Believe in Jesus (Mark 16:16) Repent of Sins (Acts 2:38) Confess Faith in Christ (Acts 8:37-38) Be Baptized in Water (Acts 22:16) Remain Faithful (Revelations 2:10) If err, repent and pray to God (Acts 8:22)
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