The Journey Thoughts

October 18, 2016

There is a parable that I want to talk about this morning.  It is the
parable of the persistent widow, who had adversaries who kept giving her
grief.  We don't know what grief, but she cried out to the judge in the
community continually.  The judge did not fear God and was not a religious
person, but after a while he said he would grant her justice because of her
persistence. From there, the Lord said this: "Listen to what the unjust
judge says, Will not God grant justice to His elect who cry out to Him day
and night? Will He delay to help them? I tell you that He will swiftly grant
them justice. Nevertheless when the Son of Man comes, will He find that
faith on earth!"  Luke 18:1-8  Just what is that which we hope Jesus will
find on earth when He returns?  The faith to stay in prayer constantly, even
day and night if necessary.  It takes a tremendous amount of faith to pray
constantly, knowing that the Lord is hearing our prayer, but just like the
persistent widow who would not stop pestering the unjust judge, God wants to
see if our faith will keep us praying, even when it seems like there is no
response.  There will always be a response from God.  It is either an answer
to the prayer in the way you would hope for, or it is a "No" that He is not
granting that because He has something better for you who pray, and
something better for those you pray for.  Or the answer might be to wait,
for patience is a test.  God knows the criticality of our prayers, and I'm
sure they are always more critical to us, than to Him.  Not that He doesn't
care, but He can touch at any time. He can heal at any time! He can change
situations at any time.  This majesty, who can control the very elements of
the earth to obey Him, can make anything happen at any time for His glory
and purpose.  We are the ones, who have so little faith, that we feel that
if our prayer is not answered right away, something tragic will happen.  But
I must ask, How can something tragic happen when God is in control, unless
He just wills it to happen that way?  If it is not answered the way we
expect it to be answered, we might be prone to think that God is malevolent,
and is not merciful, but remember the story of Job, who lost so much and
even though his health was affected, and he wanted to die, he did not curse
God, even though his friends tried to make matters worse for him. God was in
control, and at such a time, He restored Job to health, and gave him another
family and made him prosperous.  Does God want that from us? He wants us to
have a faith that trusts Him no matter what is happening in our lives. Are
you sick, or do you have something happening that you are in prayer for God
to intervene?  Are you patiently petitioning Him daily and nightly for that
matter? Are you constantly trusting that whatever the outcome, He is in
charge, and it will come about for His glory, even if it does not result in
a end you want to see. That's the kind of faith our Lord asks if He will
find it when he returns.  I pray that He does.  I trust that He will, for in
the end, even if prayers aren't answered the way we want them to be, most of
the time, the faithful that I know, will still praise Him; will still lift
up praises to God for His answer, and His provision.  So don't despair if
you think our Lord is inattentive to our prayers, for He hears every one,
and He is desirous that we trust Him no matter what happens in our lives, or
the lives of our friends and loved ones.  Trust Him, and keep praying, for
one day, the prayer will be answered, in His time.

Pastor Andy

Heavenly Father, I know You hear our prayers. I know You are attentive to
this list of people I lift to You daily.  Lord, forgive us for being so
impatient, but would You let those know, who wait patiently, that You have
everything under control, in Your time and for Your purpose. So again, I
will lift up to you: Eva, Jerry, Pastor Berkey, June, Nancy, Don, Dwight,
JT, Ramona, Loren, Becky, Judy, the Young family, those with marital issues;
Lord You know them. I pray for: Robbie, Kathy, Terri, Becky, Montella,
Carolyn, Charlie, Kim, Nada, Angie, Isabel, Terry and his father, Tim and
his mother, who is improving, we praise Your holy name.  I pray for Shelly
and her mother, Julissa and her friend, Richard and his father, Pam and her
son, Kelly and her son, Ellen's friend, Kristena, Abby, Vanessa, Malachi,
Corbin, Mike S., Ryan, Olivia, Jeremiah, Joanna, Tom, Evelyn, Joy, Ruth,
Ada, JV, BJ, Ida, Betty H., Briggs church, Ben, Jackie Ann, Tonia, Todd,
Liam, Aiden, Alan, Fisher, Tuly, Betsy Michelle, Trevor, Maria, Choya, Alex,
Ken, Eric, Dandy, Andrea, Shannon, Robert, Pat, Ryan, Tyson, Wendy, Joyce,
Betty, Gus, Lisa, Alice, David, Phyllis, Devon, Cindy, Barbara, Marliana,
Cynthia, Bill, Barry, Johnny, Annette, Kim, Gary, Gavin, Shawn, Laurie,
Heather, Codi, Ron, Deane, Dan, Rheba, Pam, Mike, Austin, Harriet, Fred,
Dotty, James, Scott, April, Craig, Hunter, Betty, Asher, Lynette, Kathy,
Jennifer, Patrick, Abe, Candace, Trent, Garret, Mayeaux, Meredith, Ben,
Jason, Ashley, Marc, Macy, Jade, Bob, Tracy, Abraham, Elijah, Japheth, Matt,
Liz, Matt, Bethany, Mike, Megan, Jeff, Laura, Lisa, and Lord, please keep me
focused on You today for I lift these up to You in Jesus name.

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