'...Jesus told His disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up.' Luke 18:1 NLT
A key part of prayer is persistence. Often, it’s not enough simply to ask. God doesn’t want us to be afraid we’re being rude if we keep on asking. How do we know? Jesus told a story about a widow who’d been in a dispute with an enemy. She approached a judge to get him to intervene. The judge couldn’t have cared less about her case. But she decided she wasn’t giving up pleading with him. Finally he gave in. ‘I’m going to see that she gets justice, because she is wearing me out with her constant requests!’ (Luke 18:5 NLT) What a great attitude to prayer, right? Never giving up? But wait… what about that judge? He sounds a little off. Does this story mean God is indifferent to our needs? Does He really care about us, or does He only give in because we’ve nagged Him enough? Not at all. Jesus made his story’s judge unjust to make exactly this point: if this tired, grumpy old man gives in, ‘...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?’ (Luke 18:7 NLT) Remember this is God in Heaven, who loves to see you blessed. If you don’t see an answer to prayer, keep asking Him. He’s not reluctant to answer you, but He’s working things to give you the very best, and wants you to get even closer in the meantime. When you pray, don’t prepare yourself for a weary battle against a distant, half–hearted God. Go with confidence He’ll answer. God is willing and is waiting. Pray and pray again for something you’ve given up on.
SoulFood: Isa 8-11; John 6:1-24; Ps 126; Pro 27:17-19
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