How Desperate Are You?

Desperate.

Not exactly a word that we like to use to describe ourselves.

When we’re desperate, we’re usually…

…at the end of our rope.

…out of options.

…stuck.

Bottom line…when we’re desperate we need help.

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Jesus tells a story of a desperate woman in Luke 18 to make a point about prayer.

This woman was so desperate that she was able convince a heartless judge to give her justice.

She had no one else to turn to…nowhere else to go…she needed help.

And, the judge was her only hope.

The point of this little story is to make us think about how we approach God in prayer.

How desperate are we when we pray?

Do we really understand our need for God like that woman understood her need for justice?

Or, have we grown comfortable with the idea that we don’t need Him that much?

Too often we give up on prayer because we’re not desperate enough for God to act.

So, we choose to believe lies like…

“God can’t do anything about this…”

“God obviously doesn’t care about…”

“God doesn’t understand…”

And, we give up on prayer.

But, the truth is…

Nothing is impossible for God.  (Luke 1:37)

God cares about you enough to say to you, “I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:29-30)

He understands you because He knows you better than anyone.  (Psalms 139:1)

Giving up on prayer is giving up on God.

And, He really is your only hope.

Are you desperate enough to keep on praying?

“Search for the Lord and for his strength; continually seek him.”  (Psalms 105:4)

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