Tuesday Morning Recap

Gentlemen,

Tuesday we continued our discussion of Jesus difficult sayings. Our text was about the persistent widow — Luke 18:1-8.

1) Why should we be persistent in prayer?

The widow receives justice not because the judge is just but because she pestered him.

Chic noted that we should persist in prayer because Jesus wants to hear from us. He wants a meaningful relationship with us and that requires frequent conversation.

Jack said that frequent prayer takes his focus off him and puts it on Christ. This results in a closer walk with Christ.

2) If we don’t receive what we pray for does that mean that we didn’t pray hard or long enough?

We spent most of our time discussing this question.

Jack said it is a cop out to pray for a certain outcome and then add ‘thy will be done.’ Jack believes we should pray specifically with the expectation that we will receive. We receive not because we ask not.

So how should we respond to unanswered prayer? Joe wondered if the answer didn’t lie in what the widow asked for. She wanted justice. If we pray for justice we are asking that God’s will be done. Chris added that Jesus said that if fathers want to give good gifts to our children how much more will God give the Holy Spirit to those who ask. In other words persistent prayer results in our will aligning with God’s.

Bob wondered about the significance of the petitioner being a widow. A widow was the most vulnerable member of society. If the judge denies her justice she wont receive justice. In the same way we are nothing without God. Everything we have comes from Him. He is the only one who can give us what we truly need.

In the end there are many things in scripture that we can apprehend and not comprehend. Jesus tells us that Go’s will will be done and at the same time we should pray without ceasing for our needs.

Next week John 6:35-69. Consider the following questions:

1) What does Jesus mean when He says He is the Bread of Life?

2) What does it mean to eat Jesus flesh and drink His blood?

3) What does communion mean to you?

See you Tuesday.

John

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