Luke 18:1-8 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Parable of the Persistent Widow
18 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?”
Vs 1: the purpose of telling this great parable was to teach us to pray without ceasing; to pray without giving up; to pray persistently. Paul echoed this in 1 Thessalonians 5: 17.
Vs 2-6: the widow had been asking for the judge’s help. But he wasn’t willing to help- he didn’t fear GOD or give two hoots. However, because the woman was so persistent, and he feared for his peace of mind, he decided to help her. Now, this was a man who didn’t fear GOD.
Vs 7: if the unjust judge could think like that, what about GOD in who there is no unrighteousness at all (Ps 92: 15)? Wouldn’t GOD avenge HIS OWN Elect who cry out to HIM day and night even though HE bear long with them? There are a couple of things to note here:
♥ The first time you pray GOD answers. HE hears. In fact, before you call HE answers and while you are still speaking, HE hears you (Is. 65: 24). Moreover, HE knows what you need HIM even before you ask (Matthew 6: 8).
♥ If GOD does not immediately answer your prayers or HE does not answer as expected, there is a good reason for it. There is no unrighteousness in HIM and HE honours HIS Word above HIS Awesome Name (Ps 138: 2).
♥ GOD admires tenacity, determination and persistence in people. HE expects you to keep praying, day and night, until HE answers you. If you truly believe HE is capable of doing what you ask of HIM, HE expects you not to give up on praying day and night until HE answers- which is usually at the appointed time. Psalm 102: 13 says-
You will arise and have compassion on Zion, for it is time to show favour to her; the appointed time has come (my emphasis).
♥ GOD can decide to bear long with you so that you can learn to be persistent and determined in waiting upon HIM, especially when you are already used to getting things easy. HE wants to toughen you up; discipline you. Why? ‘…because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son (my emphasis). (Hebrew 12: 6).’
♥ GOD would be disappointed if you do not persist in waiting upon HIM in prayers, day and night, until HE answers. It’s like you don’t pass the ‘test’.
Vs 8: Now, if you are persistent in praying to GOD day and night so that HE can answer specific prayer points, HE will answer you speedily. But the question is: do you have the faith to be persistent in prayers day and night? Note the following:
♥ Like I said above, if GOD ‘bears long’ with you, it is for a good reason. HE probably wants you to learn to be persistent in prayers or it is not the appointed time yet. However, once the appointed time is here (Ps. 102: 13), GOD answers you speedily.
♥ It is not possible to be persistent in prayers day and night if you don’t have faith. Faith is what drives your persistence; your determination. If you don’t have it, you won’t have the strength to keep praying day and night, and you would just give up. Moreover, if you lack faith, you cannot please GOD, so your prayers would not reach Heaven anyway.
♥ We live in a world where people are spiritually lazy and love shortcuts. JESUS saw this and was unhappy. This is why HE wondered, ‘when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?’
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