Day 8 Fasting and Prayer
Wednesday, February 9th
Topic: *Believers Faith*
Text: Luke 18:1-8
Focus: Luke 18:8
*_I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?_*
There is a story Jesus shared in the Book of Luke 18:1-8. You might have looked at that story from a different angle before now but from today you will begin to look at that story in another way because it explains what the Believing Faith is. Let’s check the story from verse 1. “One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up. There was a judge in a certain city, he said, who neither feared God nor cared about people. A widow of that city came to him repeatedly, saying; Give me justice in this dispute with my enemy. The judge ignored her for a while, but finally he said to himself, I don’t fear God or care about people, but this woman is driving me crazy. I’m going to see that she gets justice, because she is wearing me out with her constant requests!”
Many feel that this story means when you are praying to God you need to pray and pray and keep repeating the prayer for God to answer. If it means that way, it means God is being likened to the unjust Judge but God is not unjust. The Scripture says God will avenge His own elects speedily unlike that judge. However, the story does not only speak about prayer, it speaks also on faith. The widow in the story signifies the Church under persecution because Jesus ended the story by asking: when I come back will I still find faith on earth? In essence, Jesus is saying notwithstanding of the future persecutions, rejections and killings that will confront the Church; will people still be in the faith? The kind of faith Jesus is referring to is what we call the believing faith, this is the faith that keeps us going as believers after we have received the saving faith.
In the book of Revelation, we saw churches that were under serious persecutions like the church in Pergamos (Revelation 2:13). Jesus said to them that they have not denied my faith. Believing faith proves that we remain as believers who believe (have faith) in the Lord Jesus Christ irrespective of the circumstances.
May the Communion of Holy Spirit be with you.
*SOURCE:* Roaring Faith by Ife Adetona. Contact Sarah via 08169185301to get a copy.
*PYP:* I will keep trusting God by the believing faith at work in me.
*SADOZ IS OURS:* Command the heart of members to always be ready and available for SFA and Bible study especially on Anagkazo day. Luke 10:27
*READ THE BIBLE IN A YEAR:* Exodus 30-31, John 13