Saturday, November 03, 2007

I Will Pray Anyway

I Will Pray Anyway

(A little something based on the 7 portions of Luke 18)

"Pray or quit," the Lord said. I don't pray easily--it's an uphill effort to stop my pace, quieten my mind, and force my thoughts toward God--but I certainly do not want to weaken and quit. I will pray anyway.

Jesus told a story we call the parable of the unjust judge. Every Bible teacher I know has his own twist on this--some saying it teaches persistence, some that it is giving a reverse image of reality, that God is not like the judge, we are not like the widow, and prayer is not about breaking down God's reluctance but laying hold of His willingness--but I know one thing for sure.

Sometimes I feel God is not listening to a thing I say. I will pray anyway.

The Lord told of two men who went up to the temple to pray, one a self-righteous Pharisee who walked up and addressed God as an equal, the other a bashful tax-collector too ashamed to come near or look up. Both were praying, but Jesus said only the one who admitted to his sin made contact with a forgiving God that day.

Sometimes I feel self-righteous and sometimes unworthy. I will pray anyway.

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