June 14: God is Available to You

Read Luke 18:1-8

I love it when the Bible tells me specifically what the application point is. It is not always that easy to identify.  And, in the case of a parable, I can get so involved in untangling the imagery that I either never recognize or lose sight of that point.

But, in this case, the take home is clear:

“…Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. (Luke 18:1 NIV)

Always pray.  Never give up.  Always pray.  Never give up.  Do you have that clear in your mind?

Jesus illustrated that point by way of contrast.  Rather than selecting a character for this story who represents God, He chooses one who is unlike our Heavenly Father.  The judge in this parable is described as “unrighteous.”  We are told that he did not fear God, and, unlike the God of heaven, he did not care for people.  But, even this judge, out of frustration rather than compassion, responded to the plea of the persistent widow.

Meanwhile, we as followers of Christ have a righteous, compassionate Father who cares for the needs of His children.  Even though His response is not always obvious and immediate, He does “give justice to His elect who cry to Him day and night” (v. 7).  Unlike those around us, who, at times, are unavailable, fail us, ignore us, or just don’t pick up on our clear signals, He is, thankfully, available and attentive to our needs.  It doesn’t matter the time of day; He is always there.

That realization draws us back to the point.  Because He is always there and always cares, we need to:  Always pray.  Never give up.  Always pray.  Never give up.

Is there a situation that is burdening you now?  Have you tried to take it to all the right people, but have discovered them to be unavailable or disinterested?  Take it now to the One who is always there and always cares…and keep bringing it to Him.