“Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said: ‘In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’
‘For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’
And the Lord said, ‘Listen to what the unjust judge says. 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? 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?” – Luke 18:1-8
Luke tells us that the reason Jesus told this parable of the persistent widow to His disciples was “to show them that they should always pray and not give up.”
Praying and not seeing anything happen can be discouraging. We cry out to the Lord and don’t see any difference and wonder if we should even bother to keep praying.
Jesus tells the story of an unjust judge finally giving into the repeated requests of a widow that has been wronged to illustrate that we should keep praying. If even an unjust judge who didn’t fear God or people will eventually grant a request, how much more our loving God?
“will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly.”
Our prayers should be persistent in the same way that the widow was persistent in going to the judge. Despite the fact that she didn’t see anything happening, she continued to bring her request before the judge day after day.
This is the same way we should pray. We bring our requests, not before an unjust judge, but before a perfectly just and caring heavenly Father whom we can wholeheartedly trust. If a widow is persistent in going before a judge that doesn’t care for her at all, how much more so should we be encouraged to continue to bring our requests before the Lord?
Keep praying. Don’t give up. Be persistent.