Acceptance and assertion

RE Verse reading–Luke 11:1-13; Luke 18:1-8 (day six) 
“Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they always pray and not give up.”  (18:1)  It is not an easy balance to find.  When do I ACCEPT God’s will, resign myself to things I cannot control, and when do I ASSERT my needs, persevere and not give up?  The answer lies in the ability of the Father to communicate with my spirit.  As Jesus prayed in the garden He gradually “knew” that the cross was the Father’s will.  With the story of the widow, however, Jesus made clear that sometimes persistence is required and that the believer will hear the Spirit whispering, “do not give up, keep going.”  Neither posture is correct in every situation.  Sometimes  I accept an answer I do not want, and other times I continue to press with the confidence that an answer will eventually come.  Only God can help me know which path is right.

Author: Don Guthrie

Don Guthrie is the Senior Pastor at FBCSA.

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