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Fervent prayer, part 3…

And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint. Lk. 18:1, KJV

I have looked at this verse in other versions. Here are a few:

Luke 18:1 And he was speaking a parable unto them, as to its being needful for them always to pray, and not be faint–hearted; – Rotherham

Luke 18:1 Then Jesus told them a parable to show them they should always pray and not lose heart. – Net

Luke 18:1 And He spake a parable unto them to this purport that it is necessary, that men ought on all occasions to pray, and not to give up; – Companion Bible

Luke 18:1 And he spake also a simile to them, that it behoveth us always to pray, and not to faint, – Young’s Literal

Luk 18:1 ALSO [Jesus] told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not to turn coward (faint, lose heart, and give up). – Amplified

This parable and the one that begins in verse 9, tells us the reason and explanation first. That’s unusual. Most are explained at the end. Well, there is more to learn from the last verses, also, in this one. Let me paste the 8 verses here:

1, And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; 2, Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man: 3, And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary. 4, And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man; 5, Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me. 6, And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith. 7, And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? 8, I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth? KJV

This parable begins with the primary conjunction, “and,” meaning, “continuing.” The Lord is continuing from chapter 17. (When you are studying, keep in your mind that chapter divisions are man-made for convenience – so are verses.) What’s in chapter 17?

A pharisee had commanded to the Lord a question: “ 20, And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: 21, Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within (in your midst) you.

Oh, and I just love what happens next! Our Lord continues, 22, And he said unto the disciples,

Only disciples are being addressed!

Stay tuned….

 

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June 9, 2011 - Posted by | Fervent prayer, Prayer

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