Prayer can often be a rather discouraging activity. In the parable of the persistent widow, we can learn precious truths that will encourage us to keep praying in 2020 with a hope grounded in the character of God who assures us that he will indeed
Luke’s Gospel is particularly burdened to show us that Jesus was a man of prayer. When his disciples saw him praying, they asked him to teach them to pray. He taught them to pray corporately, humbly, believingly, and fervently.
“Glorious things of thee are spoken, Zion, city of our God!” These lyrics are lifted from a wonderful hymn by John Newton. Sadly, even though it is often sung in churches, most who sing it are unaware what it means. It was written to magnify
As we approach the text before us, Jesus Christ, Messiah, had been born. The long- awaited promised good news had been announced (1:26–38), affirmed (1:39–56), and arrived (2:1–20). An angel of the Lord informed the shepherds of Messiah’s birth, and so they left their lambs,