Prayer can be a confusing topic even for experienced Christians. From the conversations I have had with several Christians on the topic, I have found prayer to be one of the most widely accepted practices for Christians, an essential element of a strong Christian walk, but also one of the most confounding. I think often that not only do we often struggle with how to pray, but that for many of us, our ideas of how we should or shouldn’t pray, how often we should or shouldn’t pray and many other questions on the topic causing confusing and worry.
As we saw last week, we often have to work through the parables, looking to understand the context in which they were told, and understanding the cultural features that help us to access their meaning – before we can really grasp what Jesus was trying to communicate. You’ll notice, however, that the parable found in Luke 18, is different. Luke, the author of the gospel in which we find this parable, outlines in verse 1 the reason for Jesus telling it. The purpose of this parable was to communicate to those listening that they should “always pray and never give up”.
Listen along as we explore some tips for enhancing our prayer life!