This Year

This Year

“And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man. And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor respect man, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.’” And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge says. And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”  Luke 18:1-8

Please understand that the judge is not God.  The judge is a character who is in contrast to God.  If the unrighteous judge gives in to justice, just think how much more God will do what is just and right because he is just and righteous.  Are there things that you have been consistently praying for that seem too far gone to be healed?  Things that you just know are right, just and fair and yet God seems to be silent about them.  God does not promise us all things but he does promise us that he will always makes things that are wrong right.  In this passage he implores us to be faithful and to keep coming to him about these matters of injustice.  2023 could be the year when we see that prayer answered.  When we see God’s justice and righteousness on display.  In this passage we see that some of these injustices will be with us until Christ comes back.  Are we willing to be faithfully bringing these things to God in prayer until then?  Will he come back and find us faithfully praying while we wait for him?

I know in my life I find that I am too willing to accept so many of the injustices that we see in our society.  They have always been with us, we get angry about them, we sometimes try to fix them but often times, we, or should I say I, stop praying about them.  Shouldn’t we keep praying for protection of the unborn?  Shouldn’t we consistently be praying for those that are being abused?  Have we given up praying for the preservation of marriage?  How faithful have we been praying for those who are pushing our children to question their identities?  Again, we get angry, we seek legislation, we commiserate about our leaders, but are we faithfully praying?  

This year.  This year we could see the return of Jesus or a revival that brings justice and righteousness.  

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