Luke 18:1-8 (NIV)
1 Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.
2 He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared about men.
3 And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’
4 “For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care about men,
5 yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually wear me out with her coming!'”
6 And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says.
7 And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off?
8 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?”
On verses 1-8: Jesus’ parable about the persistent widow teaches us an important lesson about prayer: that praying with faith means praying with perseverance. If we want to see God move powerfully in response to our prayers, we must learn to be persistent and persevering in prayer. Persistence shows that we’re serious. So don’t just pray for something once and then give up because you didn’t get what you asked for immediately. It’s the superficial and the spoiled who ask God once and then give up when they don’t get what they ask for. The question is not will God answer your prayers. The question is: will we have the faith to pray persistently and with perseverance (or as Jesus says, “when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth”)? The question is not God’s faithfulness to answer, but our faith to ask. So pray persistently and don’t give up.
Heavenly Father, may I pray persistently and with perseverance, not being easily discouraged because the door did not open immediately. Thank You that You will answer and respond when I pray with persevering and persistent faith. In Jesus’ name, AMEN!