1 Now He was telling them a parable to show that at all times they ought to pray and not to lose heart,
2 saying, “In a certain city there was a judge who did not fear God and did not respect man.
3 There was a widow in that city, and she kept coming to him, saying, ‘Give me legal protection from my opponent.’
4 For a while he was unwilling; but afterward he said to himself, ‘Even though I do not fear God nor respect man,
5 yet because this widow bothers me, I will give her legal protection, otherwise by continually coming she will wear me out.’”
6 And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge said;
7 now, will not God bring about justice for His elect who cry to Him day and night, and will He delay long over them?
8 I tell you that He will bring about justice for them quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?”
Think about your childhood for a minute.
Was there something that you so desperately wanted that you pleaded with your parents on a daily basis to get it? Maybe it was a brand new bike, the latest doll that came out, a certain pair of sneakers, a video game, or a toy that you just couldn’t live without?
How determined were you to get it?
What was the outcome?
Did they eventually give in to exasperation and buy it for you just to get you to hush?
Were you relentless in your expression of longing for the thing that you so desired?
As an adult, do you still maintain that unwavering zeal from your childhood when it comes to spiritual matters? How urgently do you pray for God to act on your behalf? Are you complacent or committed when you pray?
Jesus told His disciples this parable about the persistent widow in order to show them that they should always pray and never give up, even (or perhaps especially) when circumstances are dire. Jesus did not want His disciples to become discouraged or to lose faith. He doesn’t want that for you, either. And if an unfair, corrupt judge who didn’t love God would eventually help this persistent needy widow, how much more will your heavenly Father—who is just and filled with love, grace, mercy, and compassion—be there for you in your time of need?
Don’t stop bringing your requests to God. He is a good Father who wants to help you! When the answers don’t seem to come, resist the temptation to be disappointed in God or to give up praying. God works out His perfect purposes for us through our prayers.
- Are you tenacious in your prayers to God? Why or why not?
- What do you do when incidents seem to conspire to prevent you from fulfilling your plans, or when life unexpectedly throws you a curve ball?
- Ask for God’s help in being patient and persistent in prayer.