Monday, October 8, 2018

Daily Devotion: Praying, Not Fainting

Bible Reading: Luke 18:1-8

Key Verse: Verse 1 – "And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;"

Key Words: men ought always to pray, and not to faint

During World War II when the Nazi’s were bombing with great intensity the city of London, a church bulletin board displayed this sign: “If your knees are shaking, try kneeling on them.”

The old Nazarene evangelist of years gone by, Uncle Bud Robinson, used to say “When a man prays for crops, God expects him to say amen with a hoe!”

Dwight L. Moody made the following statement in his inimitable way. “If I visited Tiffany’s in New York and Mr. Tiffany were to take me into the back room, unlock the vault and remove the largest diamond from his stock. If while I stood there admiring that valuable gem Mr. Tiffany said, ‘That’s the biggest and best diamond I own and I want to give it to you,’ do you think I’d hesitate to ask him for a piece of brown paper to wrap it in? If God has already given us heaven’s best, then why should we hesitate to ask Him for the little incidentals in life?”

Kenny McComas in his book on prayer says the following in regard to the widow. “The poor widow of that city was the judge’s least concern. He has no conscience, he feels no guilt or suffers no remorse even if some crooked lawyer forecloses the mortgage on her little property before it’s due for payment. When the widow appealed to the judge, he apparently attempted to display his shrewd, political ability. He thinks he can dispose of her by explaining he sincerely wants to help but his hands are tied. She reminds him of his campaign promises, but he diplomatically explains the whole situation is out of his jurisdiction. He further explains, as he ushers the widow out the door, that he is a very busy man and says, ‘Good day, Ma’am.’ He probably wiped his brow and bragged to his secretary of his capabilities in handling such pesky constituents. The next morning, however, when he opened the door from his private chamber to the reception room, he could hardly believe his eyes, but there he beheld the little widow. Try as he may to dispose of her, he cannot get her off of his hands. All of his excuses that worked with others will not work with her.”

So I challenge you to pray and not to faint.

What to do:
✞ Try praying. It beats fainting any day.

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