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Why Keep Asking?
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Why Keep Asking?

July 18, 2021

Why Keep Asking?
Luke 18:1-8

Pastor Terry Wilcox


Jesus clearly states his purpose for the story. (Luke 18:1)

TWO CHARACTERS

  1. A corrupt judge. He was not .
    Luke 18:2
    Luke 18:5
  2. .
    The Pharisee’s daily prayer indicates the plight of women in the first century.
    Luke 18:3 – She is persistent.
    Luke 18:4 – The judge did not care.

    Jesus shines the light on the big difference:
    Luke 18:7 – “But….God”

    Don’t you know that God, the true judge, will grant justice to all of his chosen ones who cry out to him night and day? He will pour out his Spirit upon them. He will not delay to answer you and give you what you ask for.
    Luke 18:7 (TPT)

    Good theology depends upon understanding the of God.

    The only similarity of the godless judge and our loving God is that sometimes there is a  .

    So we are convinced that every detail of our lives is continually woven together to fit into God’s perfect plan of bringing good into our lives, for we are his lovers who have been called to fulfill his designed purpose.
    Romans 8:28 (TPT)

    Luke 18:8 tells us that those who persist will see justice become reality, and when Jesus returns the judgment of God will be swift and certain.

THREE “WHYS” OF PERSISTENCE

  1. Jesus prayed persistently
  2. Jesus commanded persistence.
    Luke 11:5-8
    Luke 11:9-10

    Prayer is not about us  God. It is about God  us.
    Philippians 2:4-6

    1. TWO FACTORS OF SOLUTION-SEEKING
      1. The one who knows the solution must be to  .
      2. The one seeking the solution must be to .

  3. Persistence .
    James 4:2-3
    Perseverance often helps us to our desires.
    Persistence in prayer is a treatment for our tendency toward and .

WHAT IS YOUR DISPOSITION TOWARD PRAYER?

  1. Discouraged and no longer persistent?
  2. Defiantly independent?
  3. Complacent?
  4. Or like the widow, persistently seeking God’s will?

PERSONAL NOTES

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