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May 21, 2013

Jesus told the story of the judge who was not a just man in Luke 18:1-7. Verse 1 tells us why He told this parable: “Jesus told them a story showing that it was necessary for them to pray consistently and never quit.”
A widow continued to come to the judge over and over again to plead her case. He finally gave her the justice she repeatedly asked for simply because she never gave up. In Luke 18:6-8 Jesus says, “…’Do you hear what that judge, corrupt as he is,isi saying? So what makes you think God won’t step in and work justice for His chosen people, who continue to cry out for help? Won’t He stick up for them? I assure you, He will. He will not drag His feet.’ ”

So I am challenged today to pray consistently and ask the Father for the needs of my family and me.

The next part of verse 8 didn’t seem to fit with the parable when I first read it. When I read it in more than one version I finally got the connection. Jesus asked His followers, ” ‘But how much of that kind of persistent faith will the Son of Man find on the earth when He returns?’ ” When Jesus comes back, how many people will actually be walking out persistent faith? Will I be someone who asks and keeps on asking? Will you? I dare us, no, I double dog dare us to never quit; never give up.

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