Losing heart (Luke 18)

18 And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. Luke 18:1

There they were locked in mortal combat.  The blue against the red.  Both teams needed to win the tug-of-war event to secure the victory.  It was clear from the start that the blue had little confidence.  They were outnumbered and over powered.  One kid said, “this is a hopeless event.”  Such is the life at Children’s Camp!!!

Life sometimes can seem a lot like the camp illustration.  In those moment we can easily lose heart.  Jesus here offers us the simple but powerful answer for our losing heart moments.  He says, “exercise believing prayer.”

Believing prayer places three things in our spiritual tanks:

  • Believing prayer gives us a Godly persistence that merits Godly results, Vs: 1-8.  True faith has results.
  • Believing prayer leads to a Godly perspective that merits a righteous life, Vs: 9-14.  Such faith understands the mercy of God.
  • Believing prayer helps you to live with Godly passion.  This passion merits a harvest of souls, Vs: 15-17.

This day you and I will face moments when we could and might possible lose heart unless we are focused on a life of prayer.  In this context it is so cool to see how a blind beggar employed believing prayer.  The result was a miracle from God.

As I write this blog I have completed a few weeks of major mission work with our church.  I still have 4 days to go.  I feel the weight of it all, but I am not losing heart because I know there are blind beggars that are in my path and I know the power of God is able.

So instead of losing heart I am gaining heart as I anticipate what the Lord is going to do.”  

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