The Power of Persistent #Prayer
Andrew Evans OAM — Retired General Superintendent, AOG #Australia
We could see the departure from #Christianity continue in Australia—or if we #pray persistently, we could see #revival in our nation once more.
“Then He spoke a #parable to them, that men are always to pray and not to give up… ‘I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of Man comes, will He really find #faith on the earth?’”
—Luke 18:1, 8
In Luke 18:1-8, #Jesus gave us a parable about the power of persistent prayer. He said there was a poor widow and an unjust judge. This poor lady took her problems to this judge. Sadly, she had no money to offer him and so he sent her away.
The next day, the woman went to him again. Once again, the judge sent her away without helping her. She persisted day after day with no success. Eventually, after asking the judge many times for her, he answered her request.
Hear his words: “I don’t care about #God or man, but this woman’s continual coming wearies me so I will hear her case”. Jesus then contrasts this with God, who does care: “Shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, although He bears a long time with them?”
Jesus is teaching us here that when we have a major problem, we need to #persist day and night until God answers our #prayers . This should help us as we join in prayer for the revival of Christianity in our nation.
In this parable, Jesus also puts forth another challenge. He is asking an almost unbelievable question: when He comes back, will there be any faith on the earth? Indeed, many church leaders feel that we are nearing the return of #JesusChrist to earth.
As you read the prophesies about Jesus’ return, you discover there are two things that will happen at the same time. According to #Matthew24 , in the last days there will be a great falling away and giving-up on Christianity. Everywhere we look in the Western world today, we are seeing that decline increasingly.
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