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!’” – Luke 18:1-5
Even the best running back in football gets knocked down often. However, success is not about how much a player is knocked down. Success comes through getting up and running again. The key is persistence.
In the above text, Jesus tells a parable about an evil judge. This man had no fear of man or God. Consequently, when a poor widow went before him seeking justice, he ignored her.
She was at a disadvantage. She was poor and had no one to advocate for her. Being in a state of poverty, she did not have the financial means to hire an advocate, a lawyer.
Notwithstanding this, she had one thing on her side – she was persistent in her attempts to get justice. Therefore, she would not let up.
Even though the judge ignored her, she engaged him at his court, at his home, in the street and wherever she could. She was determined that she would get justice. If she did not, the judge would not get any peace.
Eventually, the judge got the message. He decided to give her justice, because, he said, “Even though I don’t fear God or care about men, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually wear me out with her coming.”
Jesus used this parable as a teaching tool to encourage us to pray constantly. God expects us to call upon His name often, especially when we are in trouble. God will hear our prayer. We should never give up because God is merciful and will not ignore us.
God is gracious and He wants the best for us. Many of us pray for changes in our own lives and that of our family during the greater part of our existence. Often, when we do not get an immediate response, we tend to believe that we are praying in vain.
Prayer is never in vain. It changes things. We do not need an appointment to get God’s attention. Through prayer, we have an open line to God. He is never too busy to hear our cries.
When life’s burdens want to take us under, we should trust God. When sickness and death take a foothold in our life, we should take our burden to God in prayer. God is our most dependable ally. He will stand with us in our loneliest and most desperate moments.
Let us be persistent in all that we do especially in our prayer life. We who are in Christ have an advocate. Jesus is our capable advocate before the throne of God. He will present our case and ensure that we get relief.
The objective of this text is to teach us to call upon the name of the Lord in prayer and to trust Him to deliver. Jesus is telling us to be persistent. Giving up is easy. If an evil judge can eventually give justice to an insignificant widow, then think about our God who is just, caring, loving and gracious. He will hear our pleas. Therefore, we should be persistent in our prayer life. Amen.
• Rev. Samuel M. Boodle, pastor at The Lutheran Church of Nassau, 119 John F. Kennedy Drive, can be reached at P.O. Box N 4794, Nassau, Bahamas; or telephone: 426-9084; E-mail: email@example.com; website: www.Nassaulutheranchurch.org.