Luke 18:1 - Always Pray and Avoid Being Discouraged.

Luke 18:1 - Always Pray and Avoid Being Discouraged.

Luke 18:1 (TEV) Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to teach 
them that they should always pray and never become discouraged. 

Luke 18:1 (CWR) Then Jesus told His disciples a story to 
encourage them to always take time to pray so they wouldn't become 

   Jesus encouraged his disciples to pray with persistence and 
humility. Persistent prayer means keeping our requests continually before 
God as we live for him day by day, believing he will answer. It does 
not mean rote repetition or painfully long prayer sessions. Praying 
with humility means praying with an honest recognition of our need. 
The tax collector went to the Temple, recognizing his sin and 
begging for mercy.  
   Persistent prayer has a clear view of God. Humble prayer has 
a clear view of ourselves. In some ways, persistence and humility 
reflect the character of a child. Children are often very persistent in 
asking for what they want, and they do not hide who they are the way 
adults often do.  
   Prayer can be a spiritual discipline that develops childlike 
faith in our lives. And it may be prayer that one day makes us fit for 
the Kingdom. Jesus said to his disciples, "I tell you the truth, 
anyone who doesn't receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never 
enter it. [One Year NLT SB re Luke 18:1-17] 

   Jesus says to his disciples in John 4 when they urge him to 
eat, "I have a kind of food you know nothing about .... My 
nourishment comes from doing the will of God, who sent me, and from 
finishing his work" (vv. 32, 34).  
   Jesus was totally intent on one thing: doing the work his 
Father had sent him to do. We all have work. Are we intent on doing the 
work that comes from our heavenly Father?  
   "I tell you the truth," Jesus said, "the Son can do nothing 
by himself. He does only what he sees the Father doing. Whatever 
the Father does, the Son also does. For the Father loves the Son and 
shows him everything he is doing" (John 5:19-20).  
   If Jesus can do nothing by himself, what does that say about 
   We are invited through Jesus to have this same relationship 
with the Father because, Jesus tells us, the Father loves us. When we 
are in harmony with the Father, we draw on the nourishment he 
provides; when we drift away and ignore him, we may find ourselves very 
busy in "our own work" but spiritually hungry.  
   Jesus said, "I have come down from heaven to do the will of 
God who sent me, not to do my own will" (John 6:38).  
   His next words should fill us with great hope: "And this is 
the will of God, that I should not lose even one of all those he has 
given me, but that I should raise them up at the last day" (John 
   Father in heaven, help me to focus on what your work is for 
me to do today. Please show me what you are doing and how I can be 
obedient to your will not my own. Let me be an instrument of your peace 
and love. [The One Year Book of Encouragement by Harold Myra re Luke 


   I am calling you to a life of constant communion with Me. 
Basic training includes learning to live above your circumstances, 
even while interacting on that cluttered plane of life. You yearn for 
a simplified lifestyle, so that your communication with Me can be 
uninterrupted. But I challenge you to relinquish the fantasy of an uncluttered 
world. Accept each day just as it comes, and find Me in the midst of it 
   Talk with Me about every aspect of your day, including your 
feelings. Remember that your ultimate goal is not to control or fix 
everything around you; it is to keep communing with Me. A successful day is 
one in which you have stayed in touch with Me, even if many things 
remain undone at the end of the day. Do not let your to-do list 
(written or mental) become an idol directing your life. Instead, ask My 
Spirit to guide you moment by moment. He will keep you close to Me. 
(1Th. 5:17; Pro. 3:6) [Jesus Calling by Sarah Young] 

Refuse to worry! In this world there will always be something 
enticing you to worry. That is the nature of a fallen, fractured planet: 
Things are not as they should be. So the temptation to be anxious is 
constantly with you, trying to worm its way into your mind. The best 
defense is continual communication with Me, richly seasoned with 
thanksgiving. Awareness of My Presence fills your mind with Light and Peace, 
leaving no room for fear. This awareness lifts you up above your 
circumstances, enabling you to see problems from My perspective. Live close to 
Me! Together we can keep the wolves of worry at bay. (Luke 12:25, 
26; 1Th. 5:16-18) [Jesus Calling by Sarah Young] 

   Trust Me enough to spend ample time with Me, pushing back the 
demands of the day. Refuse to feel guilty about something that is so 
pleasing to Me, the King of the universe. Because I am omnipotent, I am 
able to bend time and events in your favor. You will find that you 
can accomplish more in less time, after you have given yourself to 
Me in rich communion. Also, as you align yourself with My 
perspective, you can sort out what is important and what is not.  
   Don't fall into the trap of being constantly on the go. Many, 
many things people do in My Name have no value in My kingdom. To 
avoid doing meaningless works, stay in continual communication with 
Me. I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I 
will counsel you with My eye upon you. (Luke 10:41, 42; Psalm 32:8) 
[Mat. 6:34, 35; 7:21-23; Pro. 16:9; 3:5, 6; 1Th. 5:17] [Jesus Calling 
by Sarah Young] 

   I am a God of both intricate detail and overflowing 
abundance. When you entrust the details of your life to Me, you are 
surprised by how thoroughly I answer your petitions. I take pleasure in 
hearing your prayers, so feel free to bring Me all your requests. The 
more you pray, the more answers you can receive. Best of all, your 
faith is strengthened as you see how precisely I respond to your 
specific prayers. 
   Because I am infinite in all My ways, you need not fear that 
I will run out of resources. Abundance is at the very, heart of 
who I AM. Come to Me in joyful expectation of receiving all you need 
- and sometimes much more! I delight in showering blessings on My 
beloved children. Come to Me with open hands and heart, ready to receive 
all I have for you. (Psa. 36:7-9; 132:15; Joh. 6:12, 13) [Jesus 
Calling by Sarah Young] 





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