Pray and don’t give up!

Why do we give up on a prayer? Is it discouragement? We ask for something and don’t see results. Or we don’t like what happens and assume God isn’t listening or at least not giving a favorable answer. In Luke 18 Jesus tells his disciples a short parable about prayer that challenges us to persist.

There is a judge who doesn’t fear God or care about the opinions of others. In other words, he’s not very open to persuasion.

A widow in the city keeps coming to the judge asking him to hear her case. In Jesus’ world, women didn’t have the rights and protections that they have today. Without a patron–a husband or a powerful relative–she wasn’t likely to have her case even heard. Judges decided their own docket, whose case they would consider and who they would turn away. The judge gave the woman a cold shoulder.

But she keeps coming. And coming. Showing up and asking to be heard.


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1. Jesus Christ, son of Abraham, son of David

“The book of origin of Jesus Christ, Abraham’s son, David’s son” (Matthew 1:1)

Matthew starts by giving us the family tree.  There is a purpose to this.  Each name has a story behind it.  We won’t go into each story, but trust me–there are some really good ones!

Abraham left his home near Ur and traveled from southern Iraq to northern Iraq, through Syria and eventually to the Palestinian town of Hebron where he is buried today along with Isaac and Jacob.  Abraham’s story is about faith–bold faith–and being willing to take a journey with God. (more…)

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