40 Days of Prayer - Pray Persistenly - Day 20

Begin your time with God in prayer.

Begin your time with praise to God.  Confess any sin that might be hindering your relationship with Him.  Ask God to give you spiritual understanding as you spend time in His Word.

Let God’s Word penetrate your head and your heart.

"1 And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. 2 He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man. 3 And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ 4 For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor respect man, 5 yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.’” 6 And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge says. 7 And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them?"  Luke 18:1-7

What principle did Jesus intend to teach with this parable (1)?

Why did the judge finally give justice to the woman (4-5)?

If a judge who doesn’t care will give justice to a persistent woman, what will our God do for us when we pray persistently (7)?

As you pray this week, ask repeatedly for God’s wisdom and God’s power to provide what you need.

Apply God’s Word to your life.

What prayer requests have you lost heart in praying for?

Which of those prayers do you need to pray for once again, surrendering them to God’s will and God’s timing?

Father, I praise You that You are a God of justice and One who answers our prayers.  Forgive me for losing heart so quickly. Help me to be diligent with my prayers. Teach me to trust You, Your will and Your timing.  Amen.

Related verses to meditate on.

"And someone from the crowd answered him, ‘Teacher, I brought my son to you, for he has a spirit that makes him mute.  And whenever it seizes him, it throws him down, and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid.  So I asked your disciples to cast it out, and they were not able.’  But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose.   And when he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, ‘Why could we not cast it out?’  And he said to them, ‘This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer.’"  Mark 9:17-18, 27-29

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