“Persistence Pays Off!”
“And will not God bring about justice for His chosen ones, who cry out to Him day and night? Will He keep putting them off? I tell you, He will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?” Luke 18:7-8
In verses one through five, Jesus tells His disciples a parable about an unjust judge, who neither feared God nor cared about what people thought. And a widow, who kept coming to the judge for justice in her case, but the unjust judge kept refusing, then finally he decided to give her justice because of her persistence. This was a lesson for the disciples urging them to ALWAYS pray and NOT give up.
Jesus asks them three somewhat thought-provoking questions: “Will not God bring about justice for His chosen ones, who cry out to Him day and night?” “Will He keep putting them off?” “And when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?”
Let’s look at the first question: “Will not God bring about justice for His chosen ones, who cry out to Him day and night?” Basically, Jesus was saying: “Hey, you can TRUST God to bring you justice or to answer your prayer, because of your relationship with Him, and because He is a JUST and CARING God, who hears His Children when they cry out to Him, PERSISTENTLY seeking His help.”
The second question was: “Will He keep putting them off?” God’s timing and our timing is NOT the same, but we can be ASSURED that He will answer, because He DOES care for His own. He may not give you the answer that you think He should, but because of His infinite WISDOM, He will answer the way He KNOWS is BEST for you. So continue to be PERSISTENT and have FAITH that He will bring you justice.
The third question was: “When the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?” Jesus IS coming back to RAPTURE or take the TRUE believers back to Heaven to be with Him, and it won’t be long before this happens. So the question is, will there be ANYONE who is practicing their FAITH on earth? Or will they give –up and NOT be PERSISTENT in their prayer-life?” These are all questions that God’s Children need to ponder, and to bring about PERSISTENCE in their FAITH-BASED prayer-life.
However, if you have NOT become a Child of God, the ONLY prayer He will hear from you is the prayer of true, heart-felt repentance, The Bible says: “If I regard iniquity (sin) in my heart, the Lord will not hear me.” Psalm 66:18. This prayer will be answered with an instant response. And that prayer must be presented something like this: CONFESS your sins to God and ask Him for His FORGIVENESS, BELIEVING, with ALL your HEART, that Jesus died for YOU, and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God, then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION and be assured that He HEARS and ANSWERS your prayers, and be PERSISTENT in your FAITH-BASED prayer-life. Do it NOW, while you still can. He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!