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Wednesday, May 4 2016
Luke 18: How To Pray Like A Grownup
"When ye pray, use not vain repetitions ... for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask Him"
While the LORD's people are to "pray without ceasing" (see What Did Jesus Say About Praying?), that does not mean merely repeating the same words over and over. If someone talked to another person like that, would they be regarded favorably? Not at all.
Praying to God is speaking to God, in the same way that a thinking child (after they have learned not to babble) speaks to a parent:
"6:7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. 6:8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him." (Matthew 6:7-8 KJV and see the Fact Finder question below).
So it was the parable of the persistent widow who was very specific and personal in her communication.
"18:1 And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; 18:2 Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man: 18:3 And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary.
Notice also the stark difference between vain and arrogant "prayer," on one hand, and humble prayer that is heard by the Father, on the other, "for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted."
"18:9 And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:
"18:15 And they brought unto him also infants, that he would touch them: but when his disciples saw it, they rebuked them.
Wealth or poverty can be found in the righteous or the wicked (see No Class Struggles In Christianity). Making an idol out of money or wealth is where the problem happens (see The Mammon Of Past And Present and What Does The Bible Say About Lucre?).
"18:18 And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?
The Twelve were personally taught by the Messiah, but they did not fully comprehend what the LORD was saying to them until after the Holy Spirit came upon them in greater measure (see Their Eyes Opened After Christ's Tomb Did). Until then, even they "understood none of these things: and this saying was hid from them, neither knew they the things which were spoken."
"18:31 Then he took unto him the twelve, and said unto them, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of man shall be accomplished. 18:32 For he shall be delivered unto the Gentiles, and shall be mocked, and spitefully entreated, and spitted on: 18:33 And they shall scourge him, and put him to death: and the third day he shall rise again.
The Messiah healed many people of their physical ailments for the entire time of His Ministry. The healings were themselves prophetic of the greater healing, to eternal life, to come (see Healings Of Man And Nature).
"18:35 And it came to pass, that as he was come nigh unto Jericho, a certain blind man sat by the way side begging: 18:36 And hearing the multitude pass by, he asked what it meant. 18:37 And they told him, that Jesus of Nazareth passeth by.
Fact Finder: What does the Word of God actually teach about prayer?
This Day In History, May 4
1256: The Church of Rome's Augustinian monastic order was established with Pope Alexander IV's papal bull Licet ecclesiae catholicae (see Papal Bull).
1415: "Protestant" reformers John Wycliffe and Jan Hus were condemned as heretics at the Council of Constance (ironically, like most of the "Protestant" world today, they were persecuted for rebelling against the Pope's leadership, not the Church of Rome's antichrist doctrines; see Antichristians, The Church Today, The Church In The End Time and The Church In The Kingdom Of God; see also What Do Leaders Do?).
1471: During the Wars of the Roses, the Yorkists defeated the Lancastrians in the Battle of Tewkesbury.
1493: Pope Alexander VI, a Spaniard (at the time, Christopher Columbus was exploring and claiming the "new world" for Ferdinand, the king of Spain who started the murderous "Spanish Inquisition" against non-Catholics in Europe), decreed that all new lands discovered west of the Azores were Spanish, in effect dividing the world between Spain and Portugal.
1626: Dutch explorer Peter Minuit arrived in "New Netherland" (present day Manhattan Island).
1639: The St. Joseph and 2 other ships left Dieppe, France, for Canada; its travelers would eventually found a Jesuit College, a Hospitaliers house, and an Ursuline convent in "New France."
1675: King Charles II of England ordered the construction of the Royal Greenwich Observatory.
1814: The Bourbon reign was restored in France.
1886: The Haymarket Square Riot in Chicago by anarchist organized labour; 7 Chicago policemen were killed.
1910: The Royal Canadian Navy was created. During the Second World War (1939-1945), the Canadian Navy became the third-largest allied navy in the world, after the U.S. Navy and the United Kingdom's Royal Navy. During the "Cold War" years of the 1950s and 1960s, Canada had three aircraft carriers, including the HMCS Bonaventure shown in the photograph.
1919: The "May The Fourth" movement began in China when 3,000 students at Peking University launched a national protest.
1945: British Field Marshal Montgomery announced that all enemy forces in the Netherlands, northwest Germany and Denmark had surrendered unconditionally. on the same day, the U.S. 7th Army captured Hitler's country retreat of Berchtesgaden (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1947: The Etzel (a self-proclaimed "zionist" group - true Zionism is about Jesus Christ, not those who deny and reject Him - see A History Of Jerusalem: Zionism and A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace) launched a deadly assault on the British prison at Acre, several weeks after 4 of their gang were hanged there for murders that they committed. By dynamiting its walls, 251 convicted criminals were able to escape, although several of the condemned felons were later recaptured and hung (2 days after the executions, 2 British soldiers were taken hostage and hanged by the Etzel in "retaliation").
By the present-day definition, the Etzel were a terrorist group who ignored (or were just plain ignorant of the fact) that it was the British that liberated the land of Judah, and much of the rest of the Middle East, from centuries of rule and occupation by the Ottoman Empire (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate and listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire) and that it was the British Balfour Declaration (listen to our Sermon The Balfour Declaration) that enabled the independence of the modern-day state of Israel. The Etzel were killing the people that were freeing them.
1961: During the U.S. civil rights movement, the "Freedom Riders" began a bus trip through the South.
1970: Ohio National Guardsmen opened fire on student protesters at Kent State University, killing four and wounding nine others.
1979: Margaret Thatcher became the first female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
1982: During the Falklands War between Britain and Argentina, the destroyer HMCS Sheffield was struck by a French-made Exocet missile. 20 British seamen were killed and 24 others injured. The missile plowed through the very center of the ship, causing so much damage that it later had to be scuttled.
1994: Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestinian terrorist leader Yasser Arafat signed a "peace accord" regarding Palestinian autonomy. It granted self-rule for "Palestinians" in the Gaza Strip and Jericho (see Where Is Palestine?).