Are you going through one of those times when no matter what you do, it seems as though everything goes wrong?  Every attempt, when completed, seems to bring something else with a new difficulty. You thank the Lord at night that the problem is finished, only to find the next morning to find another facet of the problem has developed.


While reading in Luke, I was astounded by the opening word of chapter 18: "Then Jesus told His disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up." Having read the account of the persistent widow many times, I had never grasped the meaning of why Jesus told the parable. But I finally connected those opening words with the widow's account. The connection is very clear: "Always pray and never give up!"


Prayer is not a means of coercing God to do what we want. It is a process of recognizing His power and plan for our lives. In prayer we yield our lives and cir u stances to the Lord and trust Him to act in our best interests in His own time and way.


Relying on God's grace not only for the outcome of our request but for the process as well, we can keep coming to the Lord in prayer, trusting His wisdom and care for us.


The Lord's lesson for us: Always pray and never give up!


Serving Jesus Because He DIED for US!


Elmer Mayes