Jesus: Prayer And The Persistent Widow
Prayer and The Persistent Widow (Luke 18:1-8)
In this first parable, Jesus tells us that we “at all times ought to pray and not lose heart.” There was a corrupt judge who neither feared God nor respected man. There was also a poor widow who constantly petitioned the judge for justice against her opponents. The judge always ignored her, but her persistence was getting on his nerves. She was becoming a pest and a nag. It was wearing him out.
In a way, the corrupt judge admired her persistence. He grew to respect her. So he gave her justice. Jesus concluded the parable that if the corrupt judge does that, God will certainly give justice to His children who cry out to Him day and night.
Jesus then added one final statement to show that prayer goes beyond petitioning like the widow did. God always answers our prayers. What will we give Him in return? “However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?”
This is where relationship comes into being. After praying to God, many forget about a relationship with God and push Him aside until they need another prayer answered. This grieves God’s heart and results in the challenge Jesus presents. I pray we recognize it and give our entire heart back to God in relationship.
Now He was telling them a parable to show that at all times they ought to pray and not to lose heart, saying,
“In a certain city there was a judge who did not fear God and did not respect man. There was a widow in that city, and she kept coming to him, saying, Give me legal protection from my opponent.
For a while he was unwilling; but afterward he said to himself, ‘Even though I do not fear God nor respect man, yet because this widow bothers me, I will]give her legal protection, otherwise by continually coming she will wear me out.’”
And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge said; 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?