Then Jesus taught the followers that they should always pray and never lose hope. Jesus used this story to teach them:
— Luke 18:1 NLT
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!
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.
Related Scripture Readings
- Colossians 4:2-3
- 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
- Ephesians 1:15-20
About This Devotional
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.
Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.