20 October 2019

This morning, we are going to look at the passage in Luke 18:1-8. It’s well-known on one level;, but perhaps not so well-known on another.  Yes, it’s about persistence in prayer, but it is also even more centrally about the character of God and our getting to know Him more.

Derek Geldart, a pastor from the U.S. once said this;

“If you got invited to meet and have exclusive access for a day to an influential evangelist like Rick Warren, James Dobson, Franklin Graham, Bill Hybels, J. D. Jakes, Joyce Meyer or J.I. Packer; would you accept the invitation? Since it would be an honour to “pick” the brains of the some of the most influential Christian leaders of our time, we would likely say “YES” with great joy in our hearts! And yet with God, who is infinitely more powerful, influential, knowledgeable, holy, and wiser than all of humanity combined, we rarely spend any time talking to Him. He who is indivisibly present always, knows your heart and future far better than you do, is always willing to not only give advice but also the power to accomplish His will! And yet if we are honest with ourselves we often see prayer [only] as either an annoying interruption to our busy lives, the means to manipulate God into giving us our “wants” or the means to bail us out of the depths of despair!”

To contextualize that within our NZ experience, and as a local pastor once said to me, if you get a free ticket to watch an All Blacks game on a Sunday morning, what would you do?  Almost certainly in our fallenness, God would lose out (because He won’t argue with us) and the rugby will win out.

James 4:2-3 says this, “You do not have, because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives,…”

If you treat God as your geni, you will be forever disappointed, but if you get to know Him personally, you’ll never be so crass as that.