Accused, she wanted justice. To be freed from blame. Declared not guilty. So she went to the judge. Continually. Repeatedly. He finally gave it.
Rightly accused, we need justice. To be freed from blame. Declared not guilty. So we pray to God, the Righteous Judge. He gives justice, speedily. All because of Jesus.
Read the whole story in Luke 18:1-11.
The One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy . . . revives the spirit of the lowly and the heart of the contrite (Isaiah 57:15).
Though High and Holy, he responds to humble prayer.
It was ludicrous to make God’s temple, a house of prayer, into a den of robbers. They took from men who had little to give, rather than going to God, who says, “Whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith (Matthew 21:22).”
Learn a lesson from that story. Don’t take from men what God would give if you would pray.
It was February 14, and school had just ended. Two of my first grade friends wanted to give me a Valentine gift. One offered a tootsie pop. The other opened her backpack and pulled out an almost empty potato chip bag, saying, “This is for you.” With grateful words and thankful heart I took their gifts.
I wonder if God sees us like I saw those little girls.
Is He grateful for our prayers, not because of their eloquence or perfection, but because they come from earnest and sincere hearts?
If I pray, “Make me to know your ways, O Lord (Psalm 25:4).”
Then I should know, “Good and upright is the Lord, therefore he instructs sinners in the way (Psalm 25:8).”
God answers prayer, not because of who I am, but because of who He is.
They carried their paralyzed friend to Jesus, who forgave his sins, then healed his body (from Matthew 9:2-7).
When we bring people to Jesus, though prayer, he sees their biggest problem. Sin. He’s willing to forgive. He knows our needs better than we do.
Theology is the study of God. We study God to know who He is. To learn what He says, what He does, how He loves.
We study God to learn to pray.