“One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up.”
Luke 18:1 (NLT)
Jesus was a master story teller. His parables had deep meaning and were full of spiritual truth. He was on a mission and teaching certain truths was a very important part of His visit on earth. “Love one another.” “Love God with all your heart, mind and soul.” “Do to others as you would have them to do to you.” These are a few of His major themes. But in today’s passage, Luke shares one of the most important life principles Jesus came to tell us. The message was, “Always pray and never give up!” It’s simplicity, yet profound spirituality leaves me overwhelmed. Pray? That’s it? Could it be this simple? And yet anyone who has had strife in their life knows how hard it is to keep praying. Complain, no problem. Fret, have it covered. Avoid any action at all? Been there. Pray a little? I can do that. But Jesus was specific. And He said it out of love and complete understanding of how this life works. He knew the balance between Heaven and this world. He said it clearly, “Always pray and never give up!” So today, what will it be? Christ bids us to follow Him. He knows our situation and commands us to “Always pray and never give up.”
Dear Jesus, You never ask me to do anything that You won’t enable me to do. You have asked me to bring everything to You in prayer and to keep bringing it, never giving up. Lord, I desire to do this. Help me, empower me, increase my faith, encourage my heart. Today, I put my faith in You and will not give up.
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