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Devotional – March 13, 2018

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Read : Luke 18:1-8

Thoughts from: Catherine Strickland

This passage is convicting for me. I am reminded of the passage in 1 Thessalonians (5:17) which says we are to pray without ceasing, that there is great power in prayer, and it is the will of God for us to seek Him through prayer. Yet on a daily basis, do I pray as often and intentionally as I promise my friends, my family, my self and God?

We could rename this to be the Parable of the Squeaky Wheel. We all know or have been in situations wherein the person making the noise or demands is the one to get the attention. It’s noticeable because repetition is required to get results. The squeak is annoying and action is taken to quell the noise. This passage implies that in some ways, the same (repetition) is true of God yet I would offer that there are three differences.

First, He hears the request and is not annoyed by the constancy of it. Unlike the judge in the parable, He cares about us watchfully and affectionately and we are to cast our cares on Him (1 Peter 5:7).  Second, He will respond quickly because we are His children and He promises to sustain us (Psalm 55:22). Third, God is just and always knows what is best for us (Romans 8:28). No earthly judge can claim that he created us for a purpose, knows the inner workings of our hearts, and can see our future. Yet this is basic for God.

Will we believe this and put it into practice? Will we remember to put down our smartphones and call on the only One who can really help us? I pray that we will.

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