What Jesus Did! 'Never Give Up' — Luke 18:1

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Then Jesus taught the followers that they should always pray and never lose hope. Jesus used this story to teach them:
— Luke 18:1
Illustration of Luke 18:1 — Then Jesus taught the followers that they should always pray and never lose hope. Jesus used this story to teach them:

Key Thought

Jesus had two points he wanted to impress into the hearts of his disciples. First, he wanted them to be dedicated to prayer and have it as a constant part of their lives. Second, he wanted them to know that they must never give up, no matter what the circumstances might be. While Jesus makes his points clear, why did he feel the need to tell a story? The answer is pretty straightforward. Stories help us remember. They connect to a different place in our hearts and in our heads rather than just saying the main point. Finally, Jesus used stories from everyday experience so that the sight or experience of something similar would bring his teaching back into the forefront of their thoughts. So the next time you hear about a Bible teacher or preacher who tells too many stories, remind the folks of the Master Storyteller—Jesus!

Today's Prayer

Father, thank you for Jesus' ability to put your truth into everyday stories. Thank you for the truth that they carry and the power they have in our memories. Thank you for giving so much of your truth in Scripture in the form of stories. Most of all, dear Father, help me to never give up as I seek your will, your presence, and your help through prayer. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

Then Jesus taught the followers that they should always pray and never lose hope. Jesus used this story to teach them: "Once there was a judge in a town. He did not care about God. The judge also did not care what people thought about him. In that same town there was a woman. Her husband was dead. The woman came many times to this judge and said, 'There is a man that is doing bad things to me. Give me my rights!' But the judge did not want to help the woman. After a long time, the judge thought to himself, 'I don't care about God. And I don't care about what people think. But this woman is bothering me. If I give her what she wants, then she will leave me alone. But if I don't give her what she wants, she will bother me until I am sick!'" The Lord (Jesus) said, "Listen! {There is meaning} in what the bad judge said. God's people shout to him night and day. God will always give his people what is right. God will not be slow to answer his people. I tell you, God will help his people quickly! But when the Son of Man comes again, will he find people on earth who believe in him?"

Luke 18:1-8

Related Scripture Readings

Continue praying. And when you pray, always thank God. Also pray for us. Pray that God will give us an opportunity to tell people his message. I am in prison for doing this. But pray that we can continue to tell people the secret truth that God has made known about Christ.

Colossians 4:2-3

Always be full of joy. Never stop praying. Give thanks {to God} at all times. That is what God wants for you in Christ Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

That is why I always remember you in my prayers and always thank God for you. I have always done this since the time I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God's people. I always pray to the God of our Lord Jesus Christ—to the glorious Father. I pray that he will give you the Spirit that will show you things about God and help you understand them. Then you will really know God. I pray that God will open your minds to see his truth. Then you will know the hope that God has chosen us to have. You will know that the blessings God has promised his holy people are rich and glorious. And you will know that God's power is very great for us who believe. That power is the same as the great strength that God used to raise Christ from death. God put Christ at his right side in the heavenly places.

Ephesians 1:15-20

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What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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