Luke 18.1 thru 8. Sermon Outline.Bill Hybels
God’s Attitude Toward Prayer
by Bill Hybels
Text: Luke 18:1-8
Topic: How God feels when we pray to him
Big Idea: We are children of God, who always have access to him in prayer.
Keywords: Blessings; Children of God; God, goodness of; God, love of; God, righteousness of; Hope; Judgment, divine; Parables of Christ; Prayer; Prayer, persistence in
A persistent widow seeks justice.
- At the time of Christ, widows were social outcasts.
- This widow sought protection from a “villain.”
- The judge had no fear of God or respect for people.
- The judge refuses the widow’s request for justice.
- Undaunted, the widow pesters the judge until he grants her request.
- Many people think the moral of the story is “it pays to pester.”
- Many Christians think we are like the widows and God is like the judge.
We are not like powerless widows.
- Jesus explains the meaning of the story.
- We have hope because we are heirs of Christ.
- Illustration: Following his father’s example, Hybels gives his kids permission to call anytime on a private line.
- We can talk to our Father any time.
- Unlike the judge in the story, God is willing to bless us.
God wants to hear our prayers.
- God is interested in our prayers because he is interested in us.
- God is able to answer our prayers.
- God invites us to pray to him.