QT 17/03/2024 Sunday Read Luke 18. Persevering Persistent Prayers. 坚持不懈的恒久祷告.

QT 17/03/2024 Sunday Read Luke 18. Persevering Persistent Prayers. 坚持不懈的恒久祷告.

There would be times when our patience is tested over when the kingdom of God would arrive in its full grandeur, if at all. The parable of the persistent widow teaches us NOT to give up but to continue with prayerful faith (Luke 18:1-8).

Luke 18:9-14 hints to us that how we pray to God shows how we see ourselves before God. Both persons went up to the temple and prayed; the Pharisee prayed about himself not needing God's mercy whereas the tax collector prayed for himself in need of God's mercy.

"For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted" (Luke 18:14). Watch how we pray to God for it shows how we see ourselves before Him.

Luke 18:15-17 reminds us of the simplicity yet importance of child-like faith in God when coming into His kingdom. It is not so much "What must I do to inherit eternal life" (Luke 18:18), or keeping the commandments "from my youth" (Luke 18:21), but whether there is genuine faith in God. The inability to let go of wealth as a priority over God indicated that the ruler's relationship with God was problematic.

The failure to downgrade wealth and upgrade God in priority revealed that the ruler only engages in religious pep-talk and "wayang". In contrast, a heart that cried out to Jesus for mercy was to be applauded (Luke 18:35-43). How are you doing today in your spiritual walk with God?

星期日 2024年3月17日 今日读经:路加福音18章. 坚持不懈的恒久祷告.