“One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.”
Luke 11 will be the lectionary reading for July 30. In verse 1, the disciple came to Jesus and asked one thing: “Lord, teach us to pray….”
Does it do any good to pray persistently and consistently? Does it do any good to pray when your ship is sinking, when your plane has been hijacked or when you have reached a point of desperation? Does God hear you when you ignored Him for years and now need His help? Will it be too late to pray in a given circumstance or situation?
The good news is that it is never too late to pray. In a time of national disaster, Nahum cried out, “The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him” (Nahum 1:7). In this verse, Nahum gives us three very encouraging assurances about God.
FIRST, God is a good God. He hears the voice of the one in need and responds, whether he is in good standing with Him or a stranger at His Table. Otherwise, none of us would ever qualify to get a hearing with the King of kings.
SECOND, God is a refuge to whom we can flee when difficulty, tragedy or disaster confronts us. “God is a refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefor we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging,” says Psalm 46:1-3.
AND FINALLY, Nahum tells us that God cares for those who trust in Him. Ours is a world that knows little of real compassion and concern. It is comforting to know that in our times of need, God is not indifferent. I believe this is what the disciples observed when Jesus was praying. So, they asked Jesus to teach them to pray.
The more you know of God’s love and concern and the promises of Scripture, the greater your faith will be in time of need or even in your ordinary faith walk.
In His Service,
Pastor Gideon

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