The Persistent Widow
Pray, Pray, and Then Pray Some More
by J.M. Troppello
Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart, 2 saying: “There was in a certain city a judge who did not fear God nor regard man. 3 Now there was a widow in that city; and she came to him, saying, ‘Get justice for me from my adversary.’ 4 And he would not for a while; but afterward he said within himself, ‘Though I do not fear God nor regard man, 5 yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.’” 6 Then the Lord said, “Hear what the unjust judge said. 7 And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? 8 I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:1-8, NKJV)
I love to pray. It comforts me. Prayer (and Bible reading) are where I get direction from God. I love to pray for others. If I can help them physically by giving to someone in need or through a word of encouragement, I do that first. However, I still love to pray for others.
Prayer is powerful!
Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. (James 5:15, NKJV)
Persistent Prayer Avails Much!
I love this parable that Jesus told about the persistent widow in Luke 18:1-8. Widows were dependent on society at that time to help support them. You can read in James 1:27 where it says that, “Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.”
Back to the parable, you can see that the widow persistently went to the judge and pleaded her case for justice from her adversary. The judge did not honor her wishes for a while. Jesus even said that this judge did not fear God nor regard man. It seemed very unlikely that this judge would listen to the widow.
However, she was persistent. She kept coming back to plead her case. She eventually wore the judge down with her constant pleading. The judge thought to himself that he’d better respond to her pleadings or else she’d continually wear him out further.
The basic lesson to learn from this parable is that if this unjust judge would eventually cave under the persistent pleadings of this widow, you should know that God will head your prayers much more than that judge mentioned in the parable.
God wants to answer your prayers.
He may not always answer them the way that you’d like. And that’s a good thing many times – I can attest to that! If God had answered some of my prayers through the years, I’d be on a very different – and not so good – path today.
Trust that God is in control. He has your best interests at heart. He is molding you and shaping you through all your trials and tribulations. Rest in the comfort of the Holy Spirit as you are growing in the Lord.
However, never give up on praying!
That’s what Jesus was saying in this parable. Peter shares more in I Peter 3:12 (taken from Psalm 34:12-16) about how God is open to the prayers of His people.
For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, And His ears are open to their prayers; But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.
(I Peter 3:12, NKJV)
Pray, pray, and pray some more! Know that God hears your prayers and welcomes them. He wants you to continue to pray to Him and cultivate a deeper communion with Him in your life.
Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.
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J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.
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