Sunday’s message on Jan. 13, 2013 was lessons from the Parable of the Persistent Widow found in Luke 18:1-8. The lesson, as Luke tells us in verse one goes like this: “One day Jesus told his disciples a story…to show that they should always pray and never give up.” The 2 characters in the story couldn’t have been farther apart in terms of social status. One was at the top and one was at the bottom.
If you, or someone you know, has been discouraged with prayer, this message was targeted at you. If you have past or present prayers that were not/have not been answered – at least not answered as you hoped that they would be.
Let’s remember to focus our minds on what is true. When God says, “no”, he provides us with what we need to absorb it. His “no” comes with his grace, presence, peace, provision, love and care. Take a lesson from the widow, stay at it until you are certain that God has given his final answer; don’t give up praying (pray every day, fast, show persistency).
1) God never discourages us from coming to him and asking and asking and asking.
2) In the strain and struggle of persevering prayer, we have the chance to grow.
Pastor Tim’s 3rd New Year’s Resolution Challenge for us:“I will pray regularly and persistently because I believe that God will answer my prayers and because I believe that praying regularly and persistently will make me a more mature Christian.”
If you want to review this, or the first 2 New Year’s Resolutions, or know of more resources re: prayer, check out Pastor Tim’s blog at www.timrowland.com.
- LAST CALL… Grow Group Connections or mid-week learning opportunities. If you were unable to be with us on Sunday; or, maybe you didn’t have a chance to make your way to the lobby to sign up, we can still get you signed up for a Grow Group (a short – term small group opportunity). If you are interested, either email Dawn Ergle at firstname.lastname@example.org or myself at email@example.com. You can check out the options by clicking on the “Small Group” button on this blog.
- DivorceCare and GriefShare Support. If you, or someone you know, is working through the pain or divorce and/or separation; or, the grief of losing a loved one, please consider one of our vital support groups. Details for these groups are available by clicking the “Small Group” button on this blog.
- Is there anything that you would like the staff, or leadership, to know? (Experiences at River Oaks, upcoming surgeries, personal challenges, etc?) If so, please send me an email or give a call and I’ll be sure to pass your information on to the most appropriate person to assist.
Seeking persistent prayer,
Scott Tilley, Adult Ministries Pastor / 574.875.1152 x103 / firstname.lastname@example.org