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Keys to a Powerful Prayer Life: Persistent Prayers for Justice

Isaiah 22:22 foreshadows the power that would be accessed through Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. Jesus was given keys to open doors no one can shut and shut doors that no one can open. The same power that raised Jesus from the dead now lives in us (Romans 8:11). Because of that, we have been given keys as well to use for the glory of God alone. I am sharing some of the keys that I have found to powerful prayer. Today’s key: NEVER give up when you need justice. Luke 18:1-8 is the Parable of the Persistent Widow. A widow was treated unjustly. She approached an unjust judge who neither feared God nor man. Looking with mere human lenses, there was not much to hope for here for her! But the widow started to pound on his door. She pounded. And pounded. And pounded. Until finally, he became so weary of her incessant knocking that he gave into her request for justice. In verse 1, Jesus tells us the purpose of this parable: that we always continue to pray and never give up—especially when asking for justice. If something unjust has happened to you, go to the eternal Judge of the universe and ask for justice. If the judge in this parable responded in favor of the widow’s plea for justice, how much more will our God respond to our similar cries for justice? Keep asking in faith, for when Jesus returns, more than anything else, he wants to find faith residing in us as we live on earth (Luke 18:8). Believe God will answer. Know that he is just and righteous in all he is and does (Deuteronomy 32:4, Psalm 11:7).

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