Sermon by: PastorBryan
18 Now He was telling them a parable to show that at all times they ought to pray and not to lose heart, 2 saying, “In a certain city there was a judge who did not fear God and did not respect man. 3 There was a widow in that city, and she kept coming to him, saying, ‘Give me legal protection from my opponent.’ 4 For a while he was unwilling; but afterward he said to himself, ‘Even though I do not fear God nor respect man, 5 yet because this widow bothers me, I will give her legal protection, otherwise by continually coming she will [c]wear me out.’”6 And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge *said; 7 now, will not God bring about justice for His elect who cry to Him day and night, and will He delay long over them? 8 I tell you that He will bring about justice for them quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?”
Are you praying everyday?
If we really believe God is who He says He is, and we believe God can help, and wants to help, why aren’t we praying all the time? Most often people use prayer as a last resort rather than a first resort. Prayer is an essential element of the Christian life and without it, you are leading a very frustrating and defeated life. You are also missing out on the many blessings God so desperately wants to give you. So I ask you, are you praying? If not, why aren’t you?
Lets take a look at some reasons why people don’t pray.
5 reasons people don’t pray
1. We become discouraged.
Luke 18:1 – Men ought always to pray, and not to faint.
We can become discouraged when we don’t see a result in what we think is a reasonable time. In the parable of the Un-Just Judge, Jesus teaches that we should never give up hope and be persistent in our prayers.
Jesus is challenging us in this parable not to give up. While the answer to our prayer may not come immediately, we are to continue seeking God until we get an answer. Be persistence in prayer and believe God will answer you.
2. Because all of our needs are already met.
Philippians 4:19 – And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus
When things in our life are going good we often think we don’t need God. When our bills are paid, we feel healthy, our kids are listening and our relationships are pleasant, we usually go it alone. However, crisis can strike at any moment and our world can change in an instant. Where do you want God then, in a corner waiting for you to beckon Him, or by your side leading your way? God’s provisions are for the good times as well as the bad. He knows what’s ahead of us and by depending on him daily, even moment by moment, we are relying on His strength not ours.
Pray without ceasing.
3. We don’t have faith in prayer; we don’t believe prayer is effective.
Hebrews 11:6 – But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
How many times have you prayed and even as the thought leaves your mind you know in your heart you don’t have faith that God will answer that prayer? It’s more like a wish list than a prayer. If your prayers lack faith, then praying for faith should be the first thing you pray for every day.
4. We lack discipline
Psalm 37:4-5 – Delight yourself in the Lord; And He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, and He will bring it to pass.
We have to make prayer a daily priority. Every day we should make the commitment to prayer.
5. There is sin in our life
Scripture teaches us, “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us” (1John 1:8). We all sin. The difference is what you do afterwards. Are you going to allow sin to continue to defeat you or are you going to get back up, confess it and move on? Don’t let sin have victory over your life, Jesus has already defeated sin and we need to live a victorious life.
John Bunyon said, “Prayer will make a man cease from sin as sin will entice a man to cease from prayer.”
How do we get on track with prayer and stay on track?
Remember the 7 Things that hinder our prayers
1. Disobedience (1 John 3:22)
2. Not forgiving others (Mat 6:15)
3. Having an unthankful heart – An attitude of entitlement (Thes. 5:18)
4. Unbelief or not having faith (James 1:6-7)
5. Selfishness (James 4:3)
6. Ignoring those in need (Proverbs 21:13)
7. Impatience (Mat 7:7-8)
Remember the 6 things we should know about how God speaks
1. God’s voice is always consistent with His Word. Any message must agree with what the Lord has already said in the Scriptures.
2. His voice is quiet. God often speaks to our hearts through His Holy Spirit in an inaudible but compelling way.
3. The Lord speaks clearly. If we’ll tune our hearts to Him by setting aside time to read His Word and listen for His Spirit to speak, He will give us clear guidance.
4. God may speak through other believers
5. God Speaks through His word
6. God speaks through sermons
Remember we are to pray continuously
• Pray daily – Schedule prayer time. Use this time to pray about an attitude of continual prayer
• Practice being silent and listening to God
• Be purposeful about praying throughout the day
• Remember prayer is about a relationship with God
Finally remember Romans 12:12 says to, Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer.