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1 THE PARABLES OF PRAYER Luke 18: 1 - 14  Prayer is communication with God, mediated by Jesus Christ (1 Jn. 2: 1- 3), and combined with intersession of.

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1 1 THE PARABLES OF PRAYER Luke 18:  Prayer is communication with God, mediated by Jesus Christ (1 Jn. 2: 1- 3), and combined with intersession of the Holy Spirit (Rom. 8:26).  Therefore, Luke 18:1 and 1 Thessalonians 5:17 are synonymous.  These parables show the RECEPTION of our prayers, and the REASON of their reception.

2 2 THE DETERMINED WOMAN  The mention of an “unjust judge” is a tremendous contrast to the God of Heaven.  The widow asked for “avenging of her adversary.” –She had a need that only one of greater authority could fill. –The judge could have …  Judged the situation  Rectified the situation via his judgment  The widow knew nothing of his attitude toward God and man!  The mention of an “unjust judge” is a tremendous contrast to the God of Heaven.  The widow asked for “avenging of her adversary.” –She had a need that only one of greater authority could fill. –The judge could have …  Judged the situation  Rectified the situation via his judgment  The widow knew nothing of his attitude toward God and man!

3 3 THE DETERMINED WOMAN  The ONLY reason the unjust judge answered her... –To quiet her continual pleading –It was HIMSELF he truly satisfied!  The Lesson –If an unjust judge gives to one he abhors, how much MORE will the LOVING GOD OF HEAVEN provide our sincere requests? –God will avenge His own elect speedily. –Our prayers should INCREASE rather than DECREASE.  The ONLY reason the unjust judge answered her... –To quiet her continual pleading –It was HIMSELF he truly satisfied!  The Lesson –If an unjust judge gives to one he abhors, how much MORE will the LOVING GOD OF HEAVEN provide our sincere requests? –God will avenge His own elect speedily. –Our prayers should INCREASE rather than DECREASE.

4 4 THE PHARISEE AND THE PUBLICAN  This parable deals with WHOM MUST WE TRUST –Note the recipients of this parable were ones who “TRUSTED IN THEMSELVES” while DESPISING others.  Romans 2: 1 – 29  Philippians 2:  James 5:16  Thus, HOW, and TO WHOM and FOR WHOM were such “arrogant” folks praying? TTTThis parable deals with WHOM MUST WE TRUST –N–N–N–Note the recipients of this parable were ones who “TRUSTED IN THEMSELVES” while DESPISING others. RRRRomans 2: 1 – 29 PPPPhilippians 2: JJJJames 5:16 TTTThus, HOW, and TO WHOM and FOR WHOM were such “arrogant” folks praying?

5 5 THE PHARISEE AND THE PUBLICAN  The contrast of the two: –Pharisees had a reputation of being “arrogantly religious.” –Publican (tax collector) was considered the “worst of sinners.” –We (Christians) should be EXCEPTIONS to the generalized reputations.  The contrast of the two: –Pharisees had a reputation of being “arrogantly religious.” –Publican (tax collector) was considered the “worst of sinners.” –We (Christians) should be EXCEPTIONS to the generalized reputations.

6 6 THE PHARISEE AND THE PUBLICAN  The Pharisee’s prayer … –He was a “braggart”  He proved he trusted in himself and despised others.  There is no kindness, no remorse for his arrogance, and no SINCERE thanksgiving in his prayer.  It is as if he says, “Lord, I can do these things WITHOUT your help!”  The Pharisee’s prayer … –He was a “braggart”  He proved he trusted in himself and despised others.  There is no kindness, no remorse for his arrogance, and no SINCERE thanksgiving in his prayer.  It is as if he says, “Lord, I can do these things WITHOUT your help!”

7 7 THE PHARISEE AND THE PUBLICAN  The Publican’s prayer –“God, be merciful to me a sinner.” –Stood afar off – indicates his unworthiness. –Would not lift his eyes to heaven – indicates his humility. –Smote upon his chest – indicates his needed punishment. –“God, be merciful to me a sinner,” admits to the lowly estate of his soul, and the need that only GOD could provide.  The Publican’s prayer –“God, be merciful to me a sinner.” –Stood afar off – indicates his unworthiness. –Would not lift his eyes to heaven – indicates his humility. –Smote upon his chest – indicates his needed punishment. –“God, be merciful to me a sinner,” admits to the lowly estate of his soul, and the need that only GOD could provide.

8 8 THE PHARISEE AND THE PUBLICAN  The Justified –“I tell you this man (the publican – the one considered “worst of sinners”) went down to his house justified rather than the other: for everyone that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.” –1 Peter 5:  The Justified –“I tell you this man (the publican – the one considered “worst of sinners”) went down to his house justified rather than the other: for everyone that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.” –1 Peter 5: 6 - 9

9 9 THE PHARISEE AND THE PUBLICAN  Matthew 6: 1- 8  Not only the CONTENT of our petitions, but our FREQUENCY and SINCERITY have great effect in receiving the results desired.  1 John 5:9 – 15  Never, never, never give up! God knows our needs, and has NEVER failed His elect. TRUST HIM … and realize God’s mercy is greater than we can fathom.  Matthew 6: 1- 8  Not only the CONTENT of our petitions, but our FREQUENCY and SINCERITY have great effect in receiving the results desired.  1 John 5:9 – 15  Never, never, never give up! God knows our needs, and has NEVER failed His elect. TRUST HIM … and realize God’s mercy is greater than we can fathom.


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