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2021_09_17 Insight Post- Emma Keeton

This week's reading- Luke 17-18

Unanswered prayer is something all believers face. There are hopes and hurts in life that leave us in despair. Although we pray, it can seem like God has skipped over our requests. If this is sounding familiar to you, I hope that today you can take encouragement from 'The Parable of the Persistent Widow' found in Luke 18:1-8, where Jesus tells the disciples to pray and not give up. Jesus gives the example of an unjust judge who did not fear God or care what people thought. A widow came to him wanting justice, but the judge denied her request. The widow kept coming back to the judge and would not give up until she received justice against her adversary. “For sometime he refused. But finally he said to himself, 'Even though I don't fear God or care what people think, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won't eventually come and attack me!” Luke 18:4-5.


Jesus then says, 'And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off?' Luke 18:7


This parable is particularly significant for me because it gave me hope in a long season of unanswered prayer. I, like many other women, experienced infertility after the birth of my first child. It took 9 years to become pregnant again and in that time I had plenty of opportunity to 'pray and not give up.' God listened to all my raw thoughts and was with me through my passionate prayers. And then there were the silent times, the ones where I let the noise of life crowd out the pain in my heart and I chose not to pray. It sometimes felt easier to try and ignore my situation so not to face disappointment. But again and again God brought me back to him through reminders of his presence.


If you are experiencing unanswered prayer would you take heart today, knowing that God hears your requests? God is the comfort we need. He is the rock we stand on that gives us a firm stance. “He will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19


Prayer

“I waited patiently for the Lord; And he inclined to me and heard my cry.”

Psalm 40:1


Emma Keeton

Prayer Team Lead