Thursday, October 13, 2016

This Sunday @ Locust Hill UMC::: LET US PRAY

Here we go again... another sermon about prayer. We have heard this sermon a thousand times that we should pray more, worry less on and on it goes. Can we just move on to a different subject? 

Jesus in our scripture this Sunday tells a parable about a tenacious, unrelenting widow arguing her case against an undignified, disrespectful judge. The story is one that calls us to be a people who continue to recognize our need to pray and to never give up. Here is this widow who is vulnerable to society and has very little rights but nonetheless is tenacious and courageous in the presence of the injustice and broken system she faces. Instead of giving up... she digs her heels in deeper. 

This widow had every opportunity to complain about her situation and to give up but she didn't. She could have said that the system is broken and that her case would never be won but she continued fighting. 

There is no doubt that each of us face challenges personally, in our families, in our workplaces, and in our churches. We might let our situation define us and even buy into myth that it will never get better. This parable demonstrates that it is in the midst of this widow's situation and not the absence of her problems that she prays and digs in. 

This Sunday may we be reminded yet again of what Jesus calls our need to pray. Like the food we eat and the water we drink so that we might survive... we need to pray.