*THE POWER OF PERSISTENT PRAYER*
Text: Lk. 18:1-8 - PPHC Revival – 2~/21~/07
*Intro*: Most of us are familiar with Ted Turner, the cable television millionaire.
Turner, at the American Humanist Association banquet, where he received an award for his work on the environment and world peace, openly criticized fundamental Christianity.
He said, "*/Jesus would be sick at his stomach over the way his ideas have been twisted./*"
He went on to say, "*/I’ve been saved seven or eight times.
But, I gave up on it, when, despite my prayers, my sister died.
The more I strayed from my faith, the better I felt!/*"
Ted Turner is dead wrong, but he is perfectly reflecting the attitude many hold concerning God and the matter of prayer.
Many people will pray about something for a while and when the answer doesn’t come when they think it should, they just throw up their hands in defeat and say, “*/What’s the use?/*”
Many of us wouldn’t admit that tonight, but we have done the same thing!
This passage is a challenge to that notion!
In these verses, the Lord Jesus tells His disciples a parable that is designed to teach them the importance of remaining persistent in prayer.
I would like us to examine this parable together this evening because we need to hear the truths that are taught here.
These truths teach us about */The Power Of Persistent Prayer/*.
THE CRY OF THE WIDOW*
Her Demand/ (v. 3) - We do not know the nature of this woman’s burden, but she had a grievance against someone that was weighing very heavily upon her heart.
Her Disadvantages/ (v.
3)- She had several things working against her, when it came to seeking redress before a court of law.
She was a woman and women were not allowed to speak in court.
She was a widow and she had no husband to speak for her.
Widows were a segment of society that was oppressed and often taken advantage of.
Widows were synonymous with being poor.
She had no money with which to grease the wheels of justice.
She couldn’t have paid a bribe had she had wanted.
Her Determination/ (v.
· The Bible refers to her “/continual coming/”.
This phrase has the idea that she was begging this judge for help every day.
When he would show up for court, there she was.
When he went into the marketplace, there she was.
She pleaded with him in front of his friends.
She stalked him at home.
Everywhere he went; there she was, constantly asking him to give her satisfaction.
She had no other hope but to get help from this judge.
So she made a nuisance of herself before him.
This widow represents us.
- / “What’s the use?/”… we might say.
· *Let us learn the lesson that persistence in prayer pays off in God’s time!*
THE COLDNESS OF THE JUDGE*