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Use Your Words


Luke 18:1-8

Psalm 17:6 I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer.

As we start our study on this parable of the persistent widow let’s first talk about prayer as a whole.

Prayer is such a common thing, but should it be? Even non-Christians use the word prayer. But do we really understand what prayer is and what it looks like from God’s perspective? If we were to take a look at our daily lives, how many minutes do we spend praying? Or is the question easier to answer if we gauged it by seconds? That may seem harsh but the truth is that a lot of people in the modern church don’t really understand prayer, let alone participate in it.

Being able to communicate one on one with the Creator of the universe is a great gift. He invites us to speak what He can already read in our thoughts. It isn’t good enough for Him that we just think things He wants us to talk to Him about them. Why would the God of the universe want us to talk to Him about what’s on our mind? Because He loves us! He wants us to know that He wants to hear from us. It is like a parent who knows what their child is wanting but needs the child to exercise their growing vocabulary and so asks the child to voice it with the prompt, “Use your words.”

God wants us to grow spiritually and He knows that requires an active communication with Him. A few things that often get in the way of us having an active prayer life are our fear, lack of relationship, lack of priority, or indifference.

Fear stands in the way of our prayer life in various ways. We may think we can’t pray “good enough” because we don’t know big words. Does that excuse keep us talking to those around us? No, we don’t even think about that unless we are already nervous to talk to someone. If we are too nervous to talk to God we may want to ask ourselves about our relationship with Him. It could be that we need to clear some things up with Him so that the communication lines are not plugged. If it is a lack of relationship that is the issue we need to address that. God has likely already addressed it with you through the Holy Spirit. He niggles your conscience prompting you to get back on track by either convicting you about your sin or reminding you that it is a sin before you do it.

We will discuss the hindrances of lack of priority and indifference tomorrow but let’s end today by remembering that prayer is possible because God is listening. He loves us and so He listens.

Making It Personal

How often do you pray in a day? What is keeping you from having a more active prayer life? What are you going to do to change that?

Making It Personal Kids

Do you like to talk to Jesus? What do you talk to Jesus about? How does it make you feel to know Jesus listens to you?

Closing Prayer

Father, thank You for gifting us with the opportunity to come to You in prayer any time we want. Thank You for listening to us. Grow us in our prayer lives. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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