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Sunrise on Temple Mount in Jerusalem; Back to Previous Devotion

October 1 - Evening

"Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said: 

“In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. And there was
a widow in that town who kept coming to him with
the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’
For some time he refused. But finally he said to
himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care
what people think,
 yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice,so that she won't eventually wear me out with her coming’ ”

- Luke 18:1-5

Sunset on the Sea of Galilee; Click to go to next devotion  

Pray and Never, Ever Give Up!


In the midst of Jesus’ teaching concerning the difficult times the believer will face between Jesus’ first coming and second coming, a parable is given and explained to help encourage the disciples in the discipline of prayer.  The parable is not presented in an exact image for image illustration but in rabbinic style of a qal wahomer argument or as a “lesser to greater” illustration. Parables that implement the “lesser to greater” style are used to help us come to the conclusion that if this principle is true in a lesser state, how much more true it is in a greater state.

Jesus wants to drive home the point that believers need to pray for what is right and never give up praying. In other words, one of the basic keys to successful prayer is persistence. Persistent prayer that is powerful and effective is far from meaningless, rote recital of words and formulas. Persistent prayer is repeated, consistent and committed. Jesus' promise is that our persistent prayers will be answered by our Father God, who is good!

In the parable that Jesus uses there is a powerful judge who did not care about people or their needs. The most powerless and vulnerable member in Jewish society in Jesus day was the widow. A widow had no education, no inheritance, no job, and no privileges. She was dependent on a merciful society to assist her in life. Jesus says this powerless widow goes to the powerful judge for assistance in a legal matter. But, of course, the widow has nothing to offer the judge in the form of payment or as a source of motivation to help her, so she is ignored.

But, the one thing the widow did have was time and she was persistent in approaching the judge. She constantly called his office. His email box repeatedly received “new mail” alerts from her. She would leave messages on sticky notes with the receptionist at the law office. Her persistence was so intense that the unjust judge came to the conclusion that life would be simpler and resources would be best used if his office would simply handle her case and end the barrage of phone calls, emails and sticky notes.

Jesus then asks you to compare the lesser, unjust judge with the greater, merciful, just judge:

“Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice quickly.” – Luke 18:6-8

The problem with our prayer life in this illustration is that we give up, we lose interest, we get distracted and our faith in the truth, mercy and justice of God fails. Instead, Jesus says stay in the Truth, pray and never, ever give up!

  Christian Quote from Church History

"The chief danger of the twentieth century will be religion without the
Holy Ghost,
Christianity without Christ, forgiveness without repentance,
salvation without regeneration, politics without God,
and Heaven without Hell."
- William Booth



Something to Ponder??

Recent estimates of Nineveh's population during the
600’s BC has been
set at 300,000 based on documents from that time period. With that number established, the population cited in the Bible (in
Jonah 4:11) of 120,000
only 100 to 150 years
earlier is very reasonable.

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Kardia (Gr) - Heart (Eng) - this Greek word Kardia means literally the physical organ of the heart (recognizable English words are cardiac and cardiologist). In the Greek language Kardia began to be used figuratively as the seat of emotions and spirituality in the days of Homer around 700 BC. As time moved into the NT days Kardia began to be used to refer also to man's intellectual life which included his will and his ability to make decisions.

The problem is today the Western Christian reads "heart" (translated from Kardia) to refer merely to their emotional state or their mystical connection to the spiritual dimension. This lack of understanding has betrayed many believers who have followed their deceived Kardia into foolish and harmful traps of emotionalism and mystical deception.

  An ancient water resorvoir
that held 66,000 gallons of water was uncovered in Jerusalem. This cistern
served the Temple Mount
and the city during the
days of Solomon's Temple.
It was uncovered in 2012.
(more here)
Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Do I pray? And, if I do pray do I lose interest and never repeat my request?
I will focus on the needs of myself and others with consistent, daily prayer and never give up.
  "A corrupt witness mocks at justice, and the mouth of the wicked gulps down evil."
Proverbs 19:28
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Read one chapter each day to read through the narrative portion (or, the story line) of the whole Bible Genesis-Acts in one year. Read the General Text of the Bible Read the Complete Text of the Bible in a Year
(morning only) John 17 John 1:1-14
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Best friend Be a light in the darkness Government Spending Paraguay - evangelical growth has Word of Faith tendencies and needs balanced
Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram
aqueduct on southern wall of Jerusalem's old city from time of Herod and the New Testament


Print and trace the letters in the Greek alphabet

Toni looks up at the south wall of Jerusalem (built in 1537 by the Ottoman Empire’s Sultan Suleiman the Great).  The remains of a Herodian aqueduct from New Testament times is in front of Toni at the base of the Old City wall. The ancient aqueduct is filled in with centuries of rubble.

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Print and trace the letters of the Greek alphabet to practice writing in Greek. (click on image for larger size)
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