Saturday, August 22, 2009

Κύριος Notes

Open our eyes, Lord
We want to see Jesus,
To reach out and touch Him,
And say that we love Him.
Open our ears, Lord
And help us to listen.
Open our eyes, Lord
We want to see Jesus.

Scriputure Reflection:Luke 18

1Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up

Even to the disciples you used parables...on occassions. Prayer needs to be something that there is commitment connected to...something that is not just a whim, but that is backed up with action.

2He said: "In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared about men.

Lord Jesus even in your day people ended up in power that just were not the kind of people who ever should get power. It is not new but it is unfortunate. It can be something that is frustrating. We are left with no recourse but prayer.

3And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, 'Grant me justice against my adversary.'

Powerless people have limited options. They can either give up or continue to quietly but persistently continue to ask that there need be addressed. Gandhi comes to mind...Martin Luther King comes to mind...

The one thing that she could do she did. She kept coming back to this judge. As much as she might not have wanted to...she kept coming back to present her case.

4"For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, 'Even though I don't fear God or care about men, 5yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won't eventually wear me out with her coming!' "

The reason that this judge acts is out of sheer desire to have this quiet but persistent, polite but unchanging person out of his court room.

6And the Lord said, "Listen to what the unjust judge says. 7And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? 8I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?"

So there needs to be persistent ongoing prayer that brings the request before the Father again and again...with persistence and patience. But there is clarity about what the request that is being brought to the Father...the request is for justice for God's chosen ones. So even before your death you are saying there will be a need for prayer about this issue...and disciples will I find you faithfully engaged in this process when I return?

Lord Jesus in this day help me to be faithful to your call to prayer and action. Make this day a day that is founded on you and on your grace. Lead me in this day.

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