Persistent Prayer

Jesus’ parable in Luke 18:1-8 has been on my mind a lot recently. This is the parable of the persistent widow, and Luke tells us in the first verse why Jesus told it: “that they ought always to pray and not lose heart.”

In this story, a widow confronts a judge over and over again, asking for justice. And though the judge in the story is neither god-fearing nor respectable, he ultimately grants the widow justice because of her persistence.

Cleary, we are the widow and God the Father is the judge – with one huge exception. God the Father is nothing like the unrighteous judge! He is good and kind and has a proven track-record of always caring for His people. Jesus’ point is that if a terrible judge will grant justice to a persistent widow, how much more will our loving heavenly Father grant our requests when we seek Him in prayer?

The application seems to be: persist.
Persist in asking. Persist in seeking. Persist in knocking. 

Of course, it’s not as if God does not know our needs. It is also not that “bugging” God about something over and over again will somehow twist His arm into giving us what we want. God knows what we should be asking for better than we do, and, I believe, God desires to give good gifts to His children even more than they desire to ask for them. So, why would Jesus’ exhort us to persist in prayer?

R.C. Sproul may sum it up best: “When we are engaged in prayer, something happens to us. We are changed by the experience. In prayer God learns nothing new about us, but we are ever learning about.”

Persistence in prayer is about coming to know the good character of the Great Judge we are talking to. It’s about Him molding our desires and requests. It’s about asking for something over and over and again, seeing Him say “no,” and later realiznig how He was protecting us from our own desires. It is also often about asking for something over and over, and, pehaps after years of waiting, seeing Him come through at just the right time. In those incredible moments, we can’t help but humbly and joyfully worship Him, and that was the point all along.

So, don’t be afraid to ASK boldly and persistently in your prayers.
Trust that if your prayers are somewhat selfish or ill-timed, your Father knows this. But also trust that, “If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!” (Matt. 7:11).


*The message series during our public preview services this fall is entitled, “ASK.” Join us at 1583 Grand Ave., Windsor, as we explore the value of prayer. Preview dates are Sept. 15, Oct. 13, Nov. 10, and Dec. 8.


One Percent, One at a Time

The chief purpose of every church should be to glorify almighty God. He seeks humble worshippers who will rejoice in who He is and what He has done. This is God’s appointed end. But what is God’s appointed means to this end?

In Luke 15:10 Jesus says, “I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” If you’ve ever been a part of leading someone to faith in Christ, you know that there is rejoicing in heaven and on earth when someone crosses from death to life. There is also indescribable joy when, in a discipling relationship with another believer, you see them take tangible steps toward becoming more like Jesus. It’s in moments like these that a kind of joy- infused fuel is thrown on the fire of our hearts, and we can’t help but worship!

The mission God has given our church plant is to “Increase joy in Jesus among our neighbors and the nations,” and we believe that this will happen as every member of our church takes on the responsibility of making disciples. We also believe that as members lead others to faith in Christ, and these new believers then take on the disciple-making task, gospel joy is multiplied. This is Jesus’ ordained means to bring Himself and the Father glory through the church – every member a disciple-maker.

So, I regularly ask myself and our church plant team members, “Who’s your one?” Who is at least one person you are actively seeking to share the gospel with? And I’m so proud of how our team has taken on this challenge! I hear almost daily of how God is using their gospel conversations to push back spiritual darkness in Windsor, Colorado.

In the process of discovering this vision for our church, though, we had another “one” put on our hearts. We felt compelled to begin to pray that God would use our church over the next 5 years to decrease lostness in Windsor by 1%. One percent may not seem like much, but that would mean over 300 new followers of Jesus. This may well be the most audacious thing I’ve ever dared ask the Father. Yet I know He is able to do immeasurable more than even this!

Would you join us in asking the Father to use Christ Church to decrease lostness in our town by 1%? And would you pray that God would multiply disciple-making one person at a time?

Here’s what coming up over the next 6 months:

– August: interest parties at team members’ homes

– Fall Bible studies/small groups in team members’ homes

– September 15: first public “preview” service at Grandview Elementary and first Christ

Baptist mission team

– October 13: second “preview” service and CBC mission team – November 10: third “preview” service and CBC mission team – December 8: final “preview” service

– January 12, 2020: launch of public weekly worship services