Becoming a disciple: persistence in prayer

 

Scripture – Luke 18:1-8

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 what people thought. 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 what people think, 5 yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’”

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?”

Observation

In the natural, a widow was the poorest and most powerless of all society; a judge was one of the most powerful and wealthy. Jesus uses this story of the widow persistently pleading with the judge to help us understand that even in the natural, those who continually and persistently ask do end up up receiving, and yet through our faith in Christ we have become children of God – a father who delights in giving good things to his children.

Application

Jesus calls us to persistent prayer without giving up. No matter how unlikely it seems in the natural that our requests would be answered, Jesus reminds us that the one to whom we pray, our father in heaven, lacks neither the power nor the desire to answer our prayers, but that he truly wants to see our hearts totally dependent on him. Becoming a disciple is learning and practicing what Jesus taught which through the power of the Holy Spirit enables us to become more like Jesus.

Prayer

Father, let your call to pray always and never give up resonate deep within me. Rekindle a passion for prayer in the core of my being – not measuring myself on how many prayers get answered the way I think they should be, but rather on persistence and my faith and hope in the One who has been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Be glorified in all that I think, say and do today. In your name, Jesus, amen.

 

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