Enduring Faith | Bill Johnson | Bethel Church


Luke 18 verse 1 I want to read 8 verses
and then we’ll back up and talk then He spoke a parable to them that men always
ought to pray and not lose heart I want to read that first verse again then he
spoke a parable to them that men always ought to pray and not lose heart saying
there was in a certain city a judge who did not fear God nor regard man now
there was a widow in that city she came to him saying get justice for me from my
adversary and he would not for a while but afterward he said within himself
though I do not fear God nor regard man yet because this Widow troubles me I
will avenge her less by her continually coming she weary me though I met that
lady then the Lord said hear what the unjust judge said and shall not God
avenge his own elect who cry out day and night to him though he bears long with
them and I tell you that he will avenge them speedily nevertheless when the Son
of Man comes will He really find faith on the earth I know that this is a
pretty well-known story and it ought to be because it’s one of the times the
Lord talked to people about prayer if you look at all the things the disciples
could have asked Jesus to teach them the only thing I remember was they asked him
to teach them how to pray it has to be the result of them watching him engage
with the father and coming and capable able to display heaven on earth is a
term I use they break through in the disease that disease we find him
retreating if you will sending the crowds away going up on a mountain to
pray and when he came down there was something upon him it wasn’t that it
wasn’t there before but they must have been able to visibly see something going
on in through Jesus’s life that would cause them to ask Jesus please teach us
this one thing this one thing faith brings answers to prayer but enduring
faith brings answers with character faith brings answers to prayer but
enduring faith brings answers with character the Lord is interested in
answering prayers but He’s also interested in what we’re becoming if He
ever delays an answer it’s only so that it might gain interest it’s that it
might gain interest and that we might become the people capable of stewarding
well the answer and not have the answer destroy us in this parable that Jesus
gives He starts with this statement men always ought to pray and not lose heart
and the next thing He does is He gives this parable but what does He do in the
parable I understand the point of the parable is endurance in prayer
persistence and prayer I get that and that’s the primary lesson
I should say well that’s the point of the parable but the primary lesson I
think is a bit different Jesus says men ought to pray and not
lose heart so here’s His will here’s the challenge and how does He fix the
challenge He reveals a part of God’s nature He says what you know about an unjust
judge if He would answer this woman how much more will I as a loving Father who
actually cares for you and the process how much more what I not answer for you
what is it so what does He do He causes the people summoned to pray continuously
to live more aware of the actual nature of God let me put it this way the
ability to endure in prayer is fueled by our understanding of His nature

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