I felt lead to post this today which I received in my email
there’s someone who’s needing this message
Ask, Seek and knock
"Ask, and it shall be given you;
seek, and ye shall find;
knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
for every one that asketh receiveth;
and he that seeketh findeth;
and to him that knocketh it shall be opened".
"In a certain city there was a judge, who neither feared God, nor had respect for people.
In that city there was a widow who kept coming to
him and saying,
‘Grant me justice against my opponent.’
For a while he refused; but later he said to himself, ‘Though I have no fear of God and no respect for anyone, yet because this widow keeps bothering me,
I will grant her justice, so that she may not wear me out by continually coming.’"(Luke 18:2-5)
What have you been asking the Lord for?
Have you been seeking and knocking and asking for healing and restoration in your home?
This widow in Luke 18 was asking this unjust judge to give her justice against her opponent.
Her request was granted by the unjust Judge.
How much more, we who are seeking, knocking, asking our Judge (Jesus) who is Just.
He will vindicate you speedily.
We are not dealing with an unjust judge, we are dealing with a Judge, who is Just and Powerful and Faithful.
I tell you, He will vindicate them speedily.
Nevertheless, when the Son of man comes, will He find faith on earth?
God wants Christians on earth to have faith.
God wants us to pray with confidence, assurance, and determination.
Let us learn to be like the widow who was powerless in this world and yet moved the government powers of her day to grant her petition.
As we pray, we are appealing to a far greater power.
We may also feel powerless,
but we are praying to the One who holds all the powers of the universe in His hand.
Let us persevere in prayer and persevere in faith.
And we will see that God answers speedily.
Right away, Luke tells us why Jesus wanted to teach this parable.
This is a lesson for us that we ought to always pray and not lose heart.
I think many Christians don’t give God enough credit.
We give up too easily in having our needs met.
Of course it’s true that sometimes God tells us no or tells us to wait,
but more often than not God wants to grant our petitions to Him.
There is something to be learned from praying even when it seems there is no answer.
We learn important lessons in faith when we persevere in prayer and eventually see God’s miracle in our life, our family, or our church.
Christ’s purpose for this story was so that we would learn not to lose heart.
No matter how bad your situation might seem,
how hopeless the circumstances,
or how helpless you might feel, don’t lose heart.
It may seem like God is far away and has abandoned you,
but that is never the case.
Instead, God wants you to learn how to persevere in your faith.
Jesus is contrasting the love and mercy of God to this unrighteous judge.
If even this unrighteous judge will grant the widow her
request because of her persistent pleas,
how much more will God vindicate those who are His chosen!
Jesus said God will vindicate those who cry to Him day and night.
Are we willing to be persistent in prayer day and night? Are we as determined as the widow was in this parable? Jesus gives us the promise at the end of verse 7.
Even though the unrighteous judge delayed a long time before granting the widow her request,
Jesus asks, Will God delay long?
We know that God sometimes asks us to wait.
But we also know that God loves us and wants to come to our aid.
Be persistent and don’t give up.
Ask Him, seek Him and ask Him for healing and Restoration.
He will give, He will give.
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