Pastor Note:  Notice, Jesus does not say, "When the Son of man comes, he will not find faith on earth," nor does he say, "When the Son of man comes, he will find faith on earth."

He leaves it as a question hanging in the air, uncertain, unanswered. But there is no doubt about one thing in this account, and that is the faithfulness of the Son of man.

All the doubt is in the latter part of the sentence. He does not say, "If the Son of man comes," but "When," for this is one thing that is absolutely certain.

It does not rest upon man, his faithfulness or his faithlessness, it rests only upon the sovereign choice of God, and all the processes of history are bringing this to pass.

There is not the slightest doubt that God is ready to do exactly what he says he will do in any circumstances, at any time.

There is with him no shadow of turning, he is not a respecter of persons, there are no divisions or discriminations among men with him, none whatsoever.  God will use you as much as anyone.

God is utterly faithful. It is man who raises the doubts.

Notice how he puts that? He does not say, "When the Son of man comes, will he find men praying?"

 No, it is "When the Son of man comes, will he find faith?" for prayer is faith expressed.

True prayer is not pleading or cajoling a reluctant God, never! That is never prayer!

Prayer believes, prayer is faith, prayer is thanking instead of complaining, trust instead of trying, rejoicing, accepting, appropriating, receiving -- that is prayer.

"Well," someone says, "in view of this, if there is a Father out there and he is eager to give and knows what we have need of, and especially since we're so apt to pray the wrong prayer anyway, why bother to pray?

 Why doesn't he just give it to us without prayer?" This is an objection that is frequently raised, and the answer is that the purpose of prayer is to bring us to an understanding of the program and the purpose of the Father.

All of us know couples that have stopped speaking to each other. Such a marriage is a disintegrating union, it is a dead relationship, the bleak ruin of a love that once was there but now is gone.

Living relationships require speech, they must be expressed, there must be interchange, there must be a flow of words for it to be a live, fruitful, vital relationship. When He comes will He find Faith in you.

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