THE SERVANT GENERAL
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
November 12, 2016
Today’s gospel: Luke 18:1-8
Today’s gospel is about perseverance in prayer (v.1-8a).
But there is a curious verse at the end, which seems like
an out-of-place insert. “But when the Son of Man comes,
will he find faith on earth?” (v.8b). Then Luke goes
on to write about prayer again, this time about humility in
prayer, in the parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector
8a is wedged in between the two parables on prayer to emphasize
the great need for prayer, as a necessity if we are to be
kept from falling away from the faith. Jesus tells his listeners
“about the necessity for them to pray always without
becoming weary.” (v.1). They need to pray every day.
They need to pray without ceasing.
is communication with God. Prayer is communing with God. Prayer
is dialogue with God. Prayer is being in the holy presence
of God. Thus prayer is crucial, if we are to grow deeper in
our faith. This is why the very first item in our CFC-FFL
covenant is to pray every day.
Jesus says, “Will not God then secure the rights of
his chosen ones who call out to him day and night?”
(v.7). What are our rights? As children of God, it is to be
restored to the Father. As those who have been saved by Jesus,
it is to spend eternity in heaven. This is about the justice
of God, which gives to everyone what is their due. What is
our due? Again, we are destined for eternal joy with our Father
and pray without ceasing. “I tell you, he will see to
it that justice is done for them speedily.” (v.8a).
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