October 5, 2014
Matthew 21:33-46
Philippians 3:4b-14
Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20

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Importunity. It is a strange...

Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17





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"Importunity." It is a strange word to me. I seldom encounter it outside the Gospels. And each time I do read it in the Gospel, I have to remind myself of its meaning. Webster tells me it means "annoying, troublesome, impertinent."

Can Jesus mean we are to be that way about our prayers? Are we to bother God until he gives in? Then he would not seem to be anything like a sovereign God. Nor does it seem to commend that kind of action to us. Rather I believe Jesus is talking about intensity of our goal, a single-minded persistency toward something right for ourselves or others.

A deeply honest and penitent confession of sin. An open hearted thanksgiving for blessings received. A self-sacrificing intercession for the health or well-being of another. Adoration, lost in awe! Let us find this kind of importunity in our praying....

This Sermon Illustration Importunity. It is a strange... is based on Luke 11:1-13 and relates to Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 of Cycle C of the lectionary. This Sermon Illustration on Luke 11:1-13 is just one of over 15,000 Sermon Illustrations at SermonSuite.com. SermonSuite also offers online sermons and professionally published sermons, lectionary sermons, non-lectionary sermons, sermon illustrations, worship resources, preaching resources, sermons on prayer, prayers, Christian drama, lectionary worship, lectionary workbooks and homilies. ...

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