Always Pray with Confidence
“And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart.”
They ought always to pray
Though Jesus was speaking specifically to the disciples, all of us can take the exhortation of this parable as if spoken directly to us: we ought always to pray.
- Colossians 4:2 “Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.”
- Romans 12:12 “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.”
- Ephesians 6:16-19 “In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel….”
- Philippians 4:6 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”
- 1 Thessalonians 5:17 ‘Pray without ceasing….”
And not lose heart
Constant prayer is difficult to maintain. It’s exhausting. But we ought not to loose heart in our asking. We ought not to be discouraged. We should always be confident that the God who spent His blood to purchase our right to approach Him will always listen and always act. We don’t know how He will choose to answer us, but we should never doubt that He hears, and never doubt that He will show perfect love in His response.
- Hebrews 4:14-16 “Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
- Hebrews 10:19-23 “Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.”
- Ephesians 3:12 “In [Christ Jesus] we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in him.”
When it comes to praying we should not lose heart but gain confidence. We approach a God who, though we went astray, reconciled us to Himself through the offering of Jesus Christ. He took the initiative to gain fellowship with us. Let us take advantage of our audience with Him: the Creator of the World. Hear the heart of Jesus’ plea for us to pray: “Will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily;” Luke 18:7-8. When He returns, will He find a people who believe Him and act accordingly?