Saturday, 10 July 2021
Title: Always ought to pray and not to lose heart
By Pastor Johnson Chong
Translator: Margaret Ong
Luke 18:1 “Jesus spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not to lose heart.”
Dear brothers and sisters, nothing in the spiritual life of Christians is more important than prayer; so the spiritual growth, blessings, gifts, and abilities are all derived from prayer. There is nobody who does not pray and is still able to have a sustained, unfaltering, strong, and progressive spiritual life. Similarly, there is no believer who prays well but his spirituality is out of control. Many believers face spiritual problems mainly because something went wrong in their prayer life: As a result of not praying well, not only are they not able to withstand temptations, they have nowhere to hide when they encounter tribulations and during times when they cannot cope with the problems, they eventually get dragged down by Satan, the flesh, and the world.
Of course, some believers never pray properly, so there is no spiritual desire or progress. But some believers initially sought God by praying, but then gradually became indifferent, prayed less, and even stopped praying. What is the reason for this? One of the most important factors is that when the believer’s prayers have not been answered and fulfilled, they feel that God is not faithful, His promises are unreliable, and prayers are useless, so they become discouraged and gradually give up. Therefore, the Lord Jesus specially used a parable here to ask men always ought to pray and not give up.
Dear brothers and sisters, we are God’s people, and our relationship with God far exceeds the ones we have with people, matters and things. Our lives, our time, our minds, our strength belongs to Him. God should be our purpose in all things.
1 Thessalonians 5:17 Pray without ceasing. Prayer is not only our essential but is also God’s will and command. Unfortunately, many Christians ignore it, and some do so only for a short period of time and just deal with it. Dear brothers and sisters, this is far from meeting God’s will and even annoys Him.
But there are also Christians who pray frequently and sincerely. They pray in the morning and at night and sometimes they even have special prayers. Isn’t that enough? Indeed, this is better than not praying or praying very little, but it still does not satisfy God’s will and meet His requirements.
Dear brothers and sisters, many of our prayers are simply hoping to achieve certain goals, and many of our prayers are entirely carnal and secular, and run counter to divine orders and the teachings of the Bible. When prayers fail to be fulfilled or do not produce desired results, the complaining begins.
Jude 20~21 Dear brothers, but you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy truth, praying in the Holy Spirit, keeping yourself in the love of God, and looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
Dear brothers and sisters, these verses teach us to pray in the Holy Spirit, that is, not in the mind and will of ourselves and the flesh, but the Holy Spirit. Likewise, the Spirit also helps us in our weaknesses, as mentioned in Romans 8: 26~27: For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God. The Holy Spirit who lives in us is constantly praying for us, and we should pray with the Holy Spirit. If you do not follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit, it is hard to abide in the Holy Spirit when you pray.
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, I want to thank you and praise you because your faithfulness is everlasting. Thank you for giving us the authority to pray, thank you for choosing and saving us in Christ, so that through the Lord Jesus, we can come to your throne of grace without fear, and be able to pray to you anytime, anywhere, to worship and praise you. Thank you that for those who are weak, you increase power; those who are tired, you give strength; thank you for agreeing that those who hope in the Lord you will renew their strength; thank you, you fill me with your power every day through your holy spirit, so I will soar my wings up like eagles, run and not grow weary, walk and not grow faint. Praying, in the holy name of the Lord Jesus Christ, Amen!
路加福音18 :1 “耶稣设一个比喻，是要人常常祷告，不可灰心。”
帖撒罗尼迦前书 5:17 不住地祷告. 祷告不但是我们的需要，也是神的旨意和要求，可惜许多基督徒忽略了祷告，有的也是很短促、仅仅应付而已。亲爱的弟兄姊妹，这远远不能满足神的心意，甚至使神厌烦。
犹大书 20~21亲爱的弟兄阿，你们却要在至圣的真道上造就自己，在圣灵里祷告，保守自己常在神的爱中，仰望我们主耶稣基督的怜悯，直到永生。 亲爱的弟兄姊妹，这里教我们要在圣灵里祷告，那就是不要在自己和肉体的思想、意志里，而要在圣灵一同祷告。
罗马书 8: 26~27况且我们的软弱有圣灵帮助，我们本不晓得当怎样祷告，只是圣灵亲自用说不出来的叹息，替我们祷告。鉴察人心的，晓得圣灵的意思因为圣灵照着神的旨意替圣徒祈求。 圣灵在我们里面不住地替我们祈求，我们也应当和圣灵一同祈祷。如果你不随从圣灵的引导，在祷告时就很难在圣灵里来。