The Wildly Important Take-Home, Right at the Start

Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.
                                                                                             -Luke 18:1
Sometimes it feels like you pray and nothing happens. Maybe you’ve been praying for something or someone for years, maybe decades, filing the same request with God over and over that remains unfulfilled.
Maybe you’re wondering if it’s any use praying any longer.
In this week’s parable, Luke tells us the wildly important take-home before he records the parable that Jesus told: always pray and don’t give up praying.
So today, on a Monday, we want to receive the punch-line in advance of the parable: Keep praying. Don’t give up. Keep praying. Don’t give up. Keep praying. Never, ever give up.
I want to especially encourage you to keep praying for people around you who are far from God. I had a pastor once who said he thought there wouldn’t be a person in heaven who wasn’t prayed for by someone as a part of them getting there.
But there are other things, too, that matter and that God invites us to pray to him about.  Today, if you’ve given up on praying for something or you’re about to, take Luke’s words to heart: always pray, keep on praying, and don’t give up.
Is there something or someone that you’ve quit praying for that the Lord would bring to mind right now for you to pray for?

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