God’s Help for a Long Weekend

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  • I had an unusually busy weekend of preaching and teaching. But God was good and faithful to provide strength as it was needed, as always. I do not think I stood to preach any time this weekend where I didn’t feel God’s presence and help with me. Praise God! Thanks for praying for me and for the notes of encouragement.

    Sunday morning, I concluded my two-part series on prayer. Here is the skeleton from yesterday’s message.

    Title: “God is not a Crooked Judge”

    Text: Luke 18:1-8

    Theme: Persistence in prayer

    Point: Men ought to always pray and not lose heart.


    I. Is God like this crooked judge?

    A. Yes. God is the only one who can make things right in your life.

    B. No. You do not have to beat God up in prayer to get him to do what is right for you.

    1. God’s character is good.

    2. God’s ways are just.

    3. God’s timing is perfect.

    II. Are you like this persistent widow?

    A. Yes. You have an adversary (v. 3) that you cannot handle on your own.

    B. No. You are God’s elect (v. 7), not some helpless widow.

    C. I don’t know. Only time will tell whether you have the faith to persists in prayer (v. 8b).


    H.B. Charles Jr.

    Pastor-Teacher at the Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church of Jacksonville and Orange Park, Florida.