January 28

God's Gospel Truths

Luke 18:1-8

The Parable of the Persistent Widow
18 Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. 2 He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. 3 And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’

4 “For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, 5 yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’”

6 And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. 7 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? 8 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?”

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Pondering Point

Don't settle for reading just the scripture in the devotion. Get your Bible and read Luke 18:1-8. What does your prayer life have in common with this parable? How does your prayer life contrast with it? How are you like the persistent woman Jesus describes in the parable? How are you different from her? The truth from this gospel reading is that Jesus is looking for prayerful persistence from people. But, as Jesus asks, will He find such faith when He returns? Will He find such faith in you?

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In a talk with God and a few key friends about your prayer lifestyle; ask God whether you should make any changes based on insights from your talks.