Aug9SunAugust 9, 2015
“Also [Jesus] told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not to turn coward (faint, lose heart, and give up).” Lk 18:1 AMP
Jesus said we are to always pray and not faint. In prayer we are victorious OR we are defeated. Our battle ground is in the realm of the spirit and we either prevail or we suffer defeat in prayer. “If we don’t pray it is defeat by default!” The Amplified says, “and not turn coward (chicken, quitter, weakling, deserter, runaway, fraidy-cat).”
There is the battle of the mind, but that entails personal warfare/conflict. When we conquer that conflict we are ready for the greater battle of The Kingdom of God vs The Kingdom of the devil/darkness.
It’s a short parable but illustrates the perfect attitude in prayer: Pray and don’t Faint. Faint comes from the Greek word “ekkakeo #1573”, which means “to be (bad or) weak, to fail (in heart). In other words we must be a WARRIOR or have a WARRIOR’S HEART in prayer. A WARRIOR fights to win – a coward settles for a loss. A WARRIOR does not give up – a coward surrenders! A WARRIOR does not desert – a coward flees. Look at Sergeant Bergdahl. In the eyes of some, he was a prisoner held captive and an agreement was negotiated for his return in which five terrorists were released to our enemy in exchange for his release.
But the truth is, he deserted his post and went into the hands of terrorists. He was safe while with his fellow soldiers but he abandoned his post because he was weak concerning his assignment. On March 25, 2015, the U.S. Army announced that Bergdahl had been charged with one count of desertion and one count of misbehavior before the enemy. A Pentagon investigation in 2010 concluded that Bergdahl walked away from his unit. You can read more about this at https:// en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bowe_Bergdahl. The point is to illustrate what Jesus was saying about Prayer.
“…Hear what the unjust judge saith” Lk 18:6. For a while he ignored the widow, thinking that she would “go away”. Instead of going away she wore him down until he honored her request – that’s what it means to troubleth. In other words, the unjust judge who feared neither God nor man, feared the continual coming of the woman! The promises of God are “Yes” and “Amen” in Jesus. Our God is Just and will avenge us speedily – but we have to be persistent and persevering in prayer. When you pray – you win! When you don’t pray you lose. Prayer is your key to victory!