Pray Without Ceasing-Episode 4
(Luk 18:1) And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;
In this ministry we quite often teach on the subject of prayer. It is one of the most wonderful blessings we’ve ever been given…probably second only to Salvation itself. In fact, you’ve heard me argue that Salvation isn’t even possible without prayer and, so, it prayer actually be the MOST wonderful blessing of all. However, as wonderful as it is, I am convinced that we know almost nothing about it. Like so many other things in our so-called religious lives there is a lot of church tradition surrounding prayer. I would say that probably the vast majority of what we know and how we practice prayer is strictly tradition; so much so that the Bible’s version of prayer is almost completely foreign to us. Now, the reason this is so important to point out is that, as quoted above, prayer is something Jesus says we should be doing ALWAYS. That is a mighty high standard…which is, pretty much, the case with everything Jesus expects out of us. Jesus says we ought ALWAYS to pray and not to faint. That sounds impossible; doesn’t it? If you answer “yes” to that don’t feel like you’re alone in your opinion. Today’s podcast is centered on this most enigmatic statement of Our Lord’s. Have a listen…and make sure you stay all the way to the end because we’re going to go into some depth on this one and, believe me, there will be a few bends and curves along the way but hopefully by the time you get to the conclusion you will, at least, have a little better idea of what God considers prayer and maybe, just maybe, you’ll see that what Jesus is asking isn’t so impossible after all. Remember; pay close attention, pray for God’s help in your understanding (do that before you hit the “play” button) and open your Bible.