I think it is significant that this word on prayer from the lips of Jesus comes right on the heels of Luke’s account of his second coming, the parallel passage to the Olivet Discourse in the Gospel of Matthew. The Lord moves immediately from his word concerning his coming to this word concerning prayer, indicating the direct correlation between watchfulness and prayer.
Jesus uses three deliberate contrasts: first, a contrast of principles; then a contrast of persons; and, finally, a contrast of practices.
I was reminded again this week, as I was reading through some articles for personal enjoyment and enrichment, that “nobody succeeds big without first succeeding small”. I don’t know who said it first, but I think that it is definitely one of Jesus’ teaching points in His parable of the talents (Matthew 25:14-30).
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