DCLM Daily Manna 16 February 2024 Devotional by Pastor W. F. Kumuyi — The Ought About Prayer

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TOPIC: The Ought About Prayer (DCLM Daily Manna 16 February 2024)

KEY VERSE: “And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint” (Luke 18:1).

TEXT: Luke 18:1-8 (KJV)

1 And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;

2 Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man:

3 And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary.

4 And he would not for a while: but afterward, he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man;

5 Yet because this widow troubles me, I will avenge her, lest she weary me by her continual coming.

6 And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith.

7 And shall not God avenge his elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?

8 I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, shall he find faith on the earth when the Son of man cometh?

DCLM Daily Manna For Today MESSAGE:

One of the city-dwelling relatives of a farmer visited him. Before dinner, the farmer bowed his head and said grace. His sophisticated relative jeered: “This is old-fashioned; nobody with an education prays at the table anymore.” The farmer admitted that the practice was old and even conceded that some on his farm did not pray before meals. Feeling justified, the relative remarked: “So enlightenment is finally reaching the farm. Who are these wise ones?” The farmer replied, “My pigs.”

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Those who live without praying identify with the lower animals with neither the instinct nor the ability to pray. But because we were made in the image of God, we have a natural inclination to God, which finds expression through worship (including prayer). Man cannot do without God. Christ’s parable in today’s text about the importunate widow and the unjust judge was fittingly designed to teach us one lesson: men should always pray, not faint. In the parable, the helpless widow depended on the reluctant judge for justice against her oppressors. Her persistence won the day.

Christ did not mean that God is brutal to approach or reluctant to attend to our prayers, as was the unjust judge. It was to teach us that if the unrighteous judge could be moved by the perseverance of a hopeless widow to do justice, we have every reason to expect our compassionate God to answer those who cry to Him “day and night” for interventions.

Prayer is, basically, an acknowledgment of our rightful dependence on God. We must do it with faith in God’s goodness and faithfulness. He can meet our needs and solve our problems. But we must pray.

Prayer is a privilege, a priority, and a power source.

Joshua 19-21

Pastor W. F. Kumuyi wrote Deeper Life Daily Manna For Today 2024 and is the founder and general superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.

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