2016-06-18 - Persistent Prayer
Originally Published 2012-09-29
Jesus told two parables about the importance of prayer. This week we will look at the "Parable of the Persistent Widow," which is found in Luke 18:1-8. Verse 1 says,
"Then Jesus told his disciples a parable, to show them that they should always pray and not give up."
Jesus explains that a widow repeatedly appeared before the same judge, to plea for justice against her adversary. The judge, who wasn't a follower of God, refused her request. The widow continued to show up and present her demand for justice. Finally, the judge, wearied by her persistence, granted her request. Jesus explains the parable, saying, "Will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night?" (Luke 18:7)
Jesus encouraged his disciples to be persistent in prayer. We are to do the same today. We need to continually bring our requests to God. He has promised that He will bring about justice for us. As Paul tells us, we are to "pray continually." (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
Richard Moser, Jr
All verses are from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted.