Faithfulness and Prayer

by Rev. John Cortright on September 20, 2015
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Notes:

Luke 18:1
The purpose of this parable is to show that we should pray at all times and not faint.

Luke 18:2-8

“Will he find faith on the earth?” is in the context of praying at all times and not being faint.

Luke 11:1
– Teach us to pray

Luke 11:1-4
– Similar to the Lord’s Prayer from Matthew 6:9-13

Luke 11:5-8
– A similar example to Luke 18:1-8. Be persistent.

Luke 11:9-13
– We need to ask. We need to seek. We need to knock.

1 Thessalonians 5:17
– Pray without ceasing.

Romans 12:12
– Devoted to prayer; KJV – “continuing instant in prayer.” The word “devoted” is the Greek word proskartereo. Some of the lexicon definitions for this are: to adhere to one, be devoted or constant to one, to be steadfastly attentive unto, to give unremitting care to a thing, to continue all the time in a place, to persevere and not to faint, to show one’s self courageous for, to be in constant readiness for one, to wait on constantly.

40 Days of prayer
Significance of the number “40” = a time of testing and trial, a time of renewal, a new generation

• Flood – 40 days and 40 nights – Genesis 7:12
• Moses in the mount 40 days – Exodus 24:18; Deuteronomy 9:9-11 (2nd time – Deut 10:10)
• Children of Israel searched the land for 40 days – Numbers 13:25
• Children of Israel wandered in the wilderness 40 years – Numbers 14:33; 32:13; Deuteronomy 8:2; Joshua 5:6; Psalm 95:10; Acts 7:36; 13:18; Hebrews 3:9
• First three kings of Israel (Saul, David, &Solomon) all ruled for forty years (Acts 13:21; 1 Kings 2:11; 1 Kings 11:42).
• Elijah fasted 40 days &40 nights – 1 Kings 19:8
• Jesus fasted for 40 days &40 nights – Matthew 4:2; Mark 1:13; Luke 4:2
• Jesus walked around on the earth for 40 days after his resurrection, before ascending to God’s right hand – Acts 1:3



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