June 10 – Parables – The Persistent Widow

Read Luke 18:1-8

There has been a very specific prayer request on my heart for several months now. Have you ever prayed for something for so long that you begin to lose the desire to even lift it up to God? You are not alone. I understand what it’s like to come up on a perfect opportunity to talk with God about a specific request but fail to say a word because you’re just too weary. I am so thankful for the character of God, His Word, and the truth we discover in Luke 18:1-8 when it comes to praying to our Heavenly Father.

Luke 18:1-8 is the written account of Jesus telling his closest followers a story involving a judge and a widow who resided within the same town. Basically, the judge in the story is an unjust individual who does not respect God’s ways and does not care what anyone thinks of him. The widow in the story approaches the judge time after time, consistently requesting the same thing: for justice to be brought against her adversary. In the end, the judge gives her what she is asking for, solely because she won’t stop bugging him and repeatedly asking him.

After Jesus tells His disciples this story, He lets them in on an amazing truth about who God is! In verses 7 & 8, He says to the disciples, “Will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?” If this judge, who is unjust in character, is compelled by the persistence of the widow to deal justly with her, imagine how moved our God, who is upright in character, is to answer our prayers when we come to Him!

God doesn’t answer our prayers because He gets tired of hearing us ask; He answers our prayers because He hears us all of the time and that is who He is. He loves when we come to Him faithfully and persistently in prayer. He often won’t give us the answers we are expecting to receive. However, He can be trusted.

Keep praying and don’t give up!

Sidney Schar

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