Friday, January 23rd

Friday, January 23rd

You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, because the work of the Son brings glory to the Father. John 14:13

One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up. “There was a judge in a certain city,” he said, “who neither feared God nor cared about people. A widow of that city came to him repeatedly, saying, ‘Give me justice in this dispute with my enemy.’ The judge ignored her for a while, but finally he said to himself, ‘I don’t fear God or care about people, but this woman is driving me crazy. I’m going to see that she gets justice, because she is wearing me out with her constant requests!’” Then the Lord said, “Learn a lesson from this unjust judge. Even he rendered a just decision in the end. So don’t you think God will surely give justice to his chosen people who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will grant justice to them quickly! But when the Son of Man returns, how many will he find on the earth who have faith?” Luke 18:1-8

The job we have of contending with "self" is difficult because "self" runs so deep. Last week we said prayer was bringing all that we are to God for all that he is so that we can become all he desires us to be. This is a lifelong pursuit. As the spiritual discipline of prayer is developed more and more in our lives, who we are will become less and less about self and more and more about God. The Lord will never tire of us coming before him. He wants us to keep coming to him in prayer. As we grow in grace and truth our praying and our lives will increasingly bear the stamp of God's name rather than the stamp of our own name.

Lord, we are realizing that prayer is so much about faith. Help us to so trust you that we keep coming to you with everything. There is so much that we ask you for that we shouldn't and there is so much we don't ask you for that we should. Lord, it is because we get all cought up in ourselves. Help us to become "in your name" people who are able to ask amazing things in your name for your glory and kingdom.

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