October 21, 2018: Persistence
TEXT FOR SUNDAY, October 21, 2018:
“God loves importunate prayer so much that He will not give us much blessing without it. And the reason He loves such prayer is that He loves us, and knows that it is a necessary preparation for our receiving the richest blessing He is waiting and longing to bestow.” –Adoniram Judson
“Because we are so weak in ourselves that we cannot stand even for a moment, and moreover, our sworn enemies—the devil, the world, and our own flesh—do not cease to attack us. Will You, therefore, keep and strengthen us by the power of Your Holy Spirit, so that we may firmly resist them and not go down to defeat in this spiritual war, but remain persistent until we finally obtain the complete victory and reign together with Your Son, our Lord and Protector, Jesus Christ, in Your kingdom forevermore.” –Prayer of Zacharias Ursinus
In the Gospel of Luke chapter one, the disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray. In reply, Jesus told them “When you pray, say: “Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come.” (Luke 1:2)
In today’s parable, we meet a widow who teaches us how we could pray for the Kingdom to come, as we live and work in this broken world, without losing heart.