Here's more on their conference in Malaysia:
It was aweeeesome.
Today's reading touched me, about the determined widow:
Jesus told his disciples a parable
about the necessity for them to pray always without becoming weary.
He said, “There was a judge in a certain town
who neither feared God nor respected any human being.
And a widow in that town used to come to him and say,
‘Render a just decision for me against my adversary.’
For a long time the judge was unwilling, but eventually he thought,
‘While it is true that I neither fear God nor respect any human being,
because this widow keeps bothering me
I shall deliver a just decision for her
lest she finally come and strike me.’”
The Lord said, “Pay attention to what the dishonest judge says.
Will not God then secure the rights of his chosen ones
who call out to him day and night?
Will he be slow to answer them?
I tell you, he will see to it that justice is done for them speedily.
But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”
Saturday, November 12, 2005
You’ve got to admire the courageous determination that this widow had! She persisted despite the formidable obstacles mounted against her. First, the local judge was unjust and ungodly. Second, women in her day were normally not allowed to even speak in court. Third, she had no husband to speak for her. Finally, judges at the time chose which cases they would hear, and most widows didn’t have access to the bribe money to get their cases heard.
But this widow didn’t let these hurdles deter her. Whether her demeanor was that of a stubborn nag or a joyful, optimistic intercessor, Jesus doesn’t tell us. But what he does tell us is that we should imitate her persistence. Jesus would love to see us cheerful and confident all the time, but he is also realistic. As far as he is concerned, even if our efforts at prayer stem from a raw, dogged nature, he still has something he can work with—and purify over time. At least we’re trying!
That's exactly what the speaker meant in the Planet Shakers conference, "CRY OUT TO GOD!" and he'll surely listen.
“Jesus, I turn to you with hope, for you always hear me and look out for my best interests. When I am weary and my faith is being tested, give me the strength I need to keep trusting in you. Praise be to you, O Lord, whose mercy endures forever!”