Luke-The Investigative Gospel
Probably more than just a few of us actually have given up and stopped praying, maybe not altogether, but at least quit praying for certain things.
1. Don’t Give Up There Is Too Much At Stake.
Who among us has not felt like since our prayers are not being effective, we might as well just quit?
We are told up front that this judge does not care about God or about men.
2. Don’t Give Up When Circumstances Seem to Be Against You.
As hopeless as her situation must have seemed, she was persistent.
3. Don’t Give Up the Answer May Be Just Around the Corner.
The judge is finally moved to help her not out of sense of justice or compassion but one of self-preservation.
4. Don’t Give Up God is Working Out the Answer.
Unless we see that Jesus is pointing out contrasts, we will get the idea that God must be argued or bribed into answering our prayers.
5. Don’t Give Up Jesus Always Keeps His Promises.
Without faith, prayer becomes little more than a ritual that we perform and then stand in wonder “Does it really work?”
What we need to concern ourselves in not the Lord’s faithfulness, but rather our own!
We are really faced with a choice between:
Praying or losing heart,
Going on with God or Giving up on God.
These Walls Shall Come Down
Jericho was built about 8,000 B.C.E.
God was saying, “I am offering you a gift! But you have to accept it“.
This has application to us because the Promises of God give us everything we need for victory.
“…for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ.”
1 Corinthians 10:4
The City of Jericho was an Achilles heel to the Israelites.
“As God’s fellow workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain.”
2 Corinthians 6:1
What is your Jericho?
- Salvation of Loved Ones?
- Other Problems?
Serving God: His Plan In His Time
God’s thoughts operate at so many different levels. Yet He fulfills His plans for each one of us who surrender to Him.
Serving God as a lifestyle is doing whatever crosses your path.
Jesus got up early to commune and communicate with God.
God’s timing is always the most impactful for His Kingdom even if we don’t see the impact.
Believers have been given the power and authority to do what Jesus did!
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Neither are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.” -Isaiah 55:8-9
A Memorial to God
God, through Isaiah’s prophecy, calls out to all human beings in the language of the marketplace. This invitation is for everybody.
Only what God is offering can satisfy.
God gave us David as our example. Even though David’s sin was great, God blessed the world through one of his descendants because of his relationship with God.
Who is the nation that did not know Israel? Every other nation, the Gentiles, us.
Seek the Lord while you can! Repent and receive mercy and compassion!
God’s thoughts are better than our thoughts. What are God’s plans?
This invitation is not just for salvation. It is for our ongoing relationship with our loving Heavenly Father.
All people have challenges! What is God’s solution for your problems!
Everything God puts in motion fulfills His purposes!
Whatever is accomplished is both celebration and a memorial to God forever!