Luke 18:1-7 (NLT)
1 One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up. 2 “There was a judge in a certain city,” he said, “who neither feared God nor cared about people. 3 A widow of that city came to him repeatedly, saying, ‘Give me justice in this dispute with my enemy.’ 4 The judge ignored her for a while, but finally he said to himself, ‘I don’t fear God or care about people, 5 but this woman is driving me crazy. I’m going to see that she gets justice, because she is wearing me out with her constant requests!’” 6 Then the Lord said, “Learn a lesson from this unjust judge. 7 Even he rendered a just decision in the end. So don’t you think God will surely give justice to his chosen people who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off?
In these verses Jesus tells the disciples a parable about a widow who never gave up on her request for justice. The judge who ruled over the matters was not a man who feared God or regarded justice for men. Yet this woman because of her persistent was able to move the judge to give her the justice she requested. This was a message to the disciples to be persistent in pray and not grow faint facing the struggles of life.
Have you ever thought seriously about your prayers to God? In the verses above the woman was making a specific request. She wanted justice in her dispute with her enemy. How often do we make requests to God in such a way that we ourselves don’t believe our own requests to God? Maybe we say Lord bless my family, but we don’t state our real request that says Lord my family needs me to be a strong, faithful follower of God so that I can bestow blessing from You upon them. Maybe we just request “God will be with us today”, but knowing He has already told us He will never forsake or leave us, what are we really asking? Instead maybe we should ask, God I need You today to protect me from the sins of the world. God I need You to encourage me and strengthen me today when I grow weak with temptation. Lord I need You in my life today as a companion, as friend, as one who looks after my best interest. Lord I need You because you care about me, and love me and I want to walk with You. And because Christ taught us to never give up on our prayers, be consistent, persistent and insistent by placing our trust in God through our prayers.