Persist!

Monday, 11th December
Luke 18:2-8

“There was in a certain city a judge who did not fear God nor regard man. Now there was a widow in that city; and she came to him, saying, and ‘Get justice for me from my adversary. ’ And he would not for a while; but afterward he said within himself, ‘ Though I do not fear God nor regard man, yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me. ’’’  Then the Lord said, “Hear what the unjust judge said.  And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them?  I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?”

Jesus uses the parable of the unjust judge to reveal the mind of God concerning persistent prayer. The question is: “why the need to be persistent in our request to God?” Whenever we persist, we exercise our right of access to God, provided by the blood of Jesus (Hebrews 10:19-20). God wants us to be bold, and insist on our request, but not arrogant. The persistence of the widow is a type and shadow of our right of access to our Heavenly Father. Beloved, the new covenant that has been ratified by the blood of Jesus makes you get what Jesus deserves before God. He is our righteousness.

Your persistence is not to persuade God. God does not need you to persuade or convince Him to act on your behalf. Jesus through the finished work of redemption has become the reason God is always willing to act on your behalf whenever you call on Him. Besides, God sees you in Christ, and never apart from Christ. Praying is not to persuade God to act, God is already persuaded to act on your matter. Whenever you pray, know that your Heavenly Father loves you and He is not withholding any good thing from you (Psalm 84:11). God does not need to be persuaded like the unjust Judge before he acts. Our God is a Father who is eager to answer you and to show you His love! He promises to avenge for you speedily.

PRAYER
Lord, I rejoice knowing that you hear me always and you respond to me swiftly. I come to you boldly and I insist on my request without any sense of shame or fear.

MEDITATE ON:
Hebrews 10:19-20; Luke 11:11-13

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