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Jesus said:
"I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children,
you will never enter the kingdom of Heaven."
Matthew 18:3.

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Luke's Gospel chapter 18, verses 1-8.
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Prayers that succeed!

What can we learn from a widow who was treated very unfairly by a judge? Jesus used her story to teach us a very important lesson.

"In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared about men. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, `Grant me justice against my adversary.'" 1*.

Although this judge seemed uninterested in helping her she did not give up. She knew he could help, and continued to believe that he would.

God is looking for faith like that towards Him. "Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him." 2*.

So, a sinner wanting God's forgiveness must first believe that God has paid for all our sins by His death on the cross "once for all". 3*. Then the sinner must ask for salvation through Jesus as the only Saviour. All who ask God in faith for forgiveness in Jesus' name know that they have offered prayers that succeed. 4*.

Although many today say in the Lord's prayer - "Fatherů forgive us our sins," 5*. often their prayers DO NOT succeed! Why? Because some obviously don't really believe God is willing or able to do it! They show they have no faith in the request they made to God when they then go to someone else in their church and say to him, "Bless me father, I have sinned". Instead of trusting in God they are now putting their trust in someone else's intentions and his claim to be able to forgiven them! As well as that many will then go on to do many other things hoping that by their own best efforts they might earn forgiveness! But, because they turned away from really believing that God would give them the forgiveness they asked Him for they will not receive God's forgiveness! 6*.

Those who pray to God for forgiveness having true faith in Jesus as their Saviour do not then go off asking it of other people or think they have to earn it! 7*.

God looks for faith that is like the woman's in Jesus' story; she persisted in asking the judge because she knew he could meet her need. The judge "finally said to himself, `because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice.'"

Jesus said, "Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for His chosen ones, who cry out to Him day and night? Will He keep putting them off? I tell you, He will see that they get justice, and quickly." 8*.

Jesus used this parable to teach His disciples that they should always pray and not give up. 9*. The only prayers that succeed are those offered to God through Jesus Christ in true faith.4*.

Jesus went on to say that by the time He would return there would be very little evidence of true faith. I think Jesus' return must be very close because so few today show true faith in Jesus as their only Saviour! 10*.

Read Jesus' teaching about true prayer in Luke's Gospel chapter 18, verses 1-8.

To read more of Luke's account of the life of Jesus turn to the Gospel of Luke in the Holy Bible.

Bye for now,



John Nixon, Ballincollig, Co.Cork, Ireland.

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Bible quotations from N.I.V.


1Luke 18:2-3.
2 Hebrews 11:6.
3 Hebrews 7:26-27. 1st Peter 3:18.
4 Romans 10:13-15. John 14:6. 1st Timothy 2:5-6.
5 Luke 11:4.
6 James 1:6-8. Matthew 15:8-9.
7 Ephesians 2:8-9.
8 Luke 18:6-8.
9 Luke 18:1.
10 Luke 18:8. 2nd Peter 3:3-15.



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