Luke 18:1-8

"As battles loom, we oftentimes lose heart because our eyes are focused on the circumstances. We all the enemy to skew our perspective of the conflick, which makes bariers before us seem unlikely to give way.

Then it's not uncommon to feel panicky and wonder, Lord, what am I going to do? We may even stop praying because it seems apparant there's no solution, no way out, no hope of victory. We're just too tired and disappointed.

Jesus knew that we would at times feel fainthearted, which is why He told the parable of the persistent widow in today's reading. The Lord wanted to encourage His followers to be tireless in prayer. This requires faith, without which it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6).

Let's remember that the enemy rejoices when we give up, but defeat is never our only option! If we could see the situation through God's eyes, we would see a completely different landscape. We may need to pray strenuously, as if we're tunneling through a mountain, but when we do, our faith and perseverance will grow.

So keep praying, and let the Word of God encourage you personally. You'll hear His assurance as He fights for you."

 

Dr. Charles Stanley

In Touch Ministries

This Month's Scripture

Psalm 27:7-11

7 Hear me as I pray, O Lord.

Be merciful and answer me!

8 My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.”

And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.”

9 Do not turn your back on me.

Do not reject your servant in anger.

You have always been my helper.

Don’t leave me now; don’t abandon me,

O God of my salvation!

10 Even if my father and mother abandon me,

the Lord will hold me close.

11 Teach me how to live, O Lord.

Lead me along the right path,

for my enemies are waiting for me.