2022-10-27 “God Is on Our Side When We Pray, Not against Us “(Luke 18:1-8)

27/10 “God Is on Our Side When We Pray, Not against Us 当我们祷告时,神站在我们的一方,而不是与我们敌对”(Read阅读Luke 路加福音18:1-8)

Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. 耶稣对他们讲一个比喻,论到人必须常常祈祷,不可灰心。… there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, “Grant me justice against my adversary.” For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, “Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!” And the Lord said, ‘Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? 那城里有一个寡妇,常常来到他那里,说:‘求你给我伸冤,使我脱离我的对头!’他多次不肯,后来心里说:‘我虽然不惧怕神,也不尊敬人,只是因为这寡妇常常来麻烦我,就给她伸冤吧,免得她不断地来缠扰我。’主说:“你们听听这不义的法官所说的话吧。难道神不会为昼夜呼吁他的选民伸冤吗?… I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth? 我告诉你们,他要快快地给他们伸冤。然而人子来的时候,在世上找得到这种信心吗?”(Luke 路加福音18:1, 3-8)

Obstacles come in the way of effective and constant prayer, so Lord Jesus encourages us that we must always be in the spirit of prayer. Often we fail in praying because we become discouraged, and then no longer pray as we should. It is easy to lose heart in prayer because prayer is hard work that we too often approach lightly. The Devil hates prayer but we are not always convinced of the reality of the power of prayer. Jesus did not say that God was like the unjust judge, but unlike him nor God was reluctant, but He was not. God is on our side when we pray, not against us (as the unjust judge was against the widow). So we should keep praying to Him who will resolve all things righteously. Unless we know who God is and we are people who pray without losing heart, we do not yet have the kind of faith Christ will look for when He returns. 拦阻不断出现在有效和恒常祷告的路上,因此,主耶稣鼓厉我们,必须常常在祷告的灵里。我们往往在祷告上挫败,因为我们变得沮丧,之后不再像我们理应的那样去祷告。在祷告上容易灰心是因为祷告是一项辛苦的工作,而我们却往往轻忽对待。魔鬼憎恨祷告,而我们却不总是相信祷告的能力。耶稣不是说神像那个不义的审判官,反而是不像他,也不是说神是不情愿的,反而是情愿的。当我们祷告时,神站在我们的一方,而不是与我们敌对(不像那不义的审判官与寡妇作对)。因此,我们理应坚持向祂祈祷,祂必公正地解决一切的问题。除非我们认识神是谁,并且我们是祷告而不灰心的人,否则我们就还没有基督再来时必期待的那种信心。

Prayer禱告: God of Heaven, you are a righteous, kind and gracious Judge of perfect, good character knowing us and loving to care for us who petition you and to bless us for us good also. Thank you that we can come to you, who has a personal interest in our case, with the right of constant access together with Jesus Christ/the Holy Spirit as our advocate, a friend who will plead our case before you trusting that you will resolve all things righteously. 天上的神啊,你是个公义、仁慈和满有恩典的审判官,有着完全、美好的品性,认识我们并乐意看顾向你祈求的我们,祝福我们,也赐我们好处。感谢你我们能够来投靠那个别关心我们情况的你,有着随时近见的权利,并耶稣基督/圣灵作我们的中保,一个会在你面前为我们辩护的朋友,信靠你必公正地解决一切的问题。Amen.

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