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Persistent prayer pays off.
Today’s parable is about a widow who needed justice. She repeatedly went to the local judge and asked for help, but he ignored her. Eventually, he got tired of her begging:
“For a while the judge refused to do anything. But then he thought, ‘This widow really annoys me. Although I don’t fear God or respect people, I’ll have to give her justice. Otherwise, she’ll keep coming to me until she wears me out.’ ” (Luke 18:4-5 GW)
Jesus points out that if a dishonest judge will give justice to a persistent woman, how much quicker will God give justice to His people? (Luke 18:6 GW).
When you’re facing an injustice, choose persistent prayer as your response. Jesus makes this guarantee:
“I can guarantee that he will give them justice quickly. But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” (Luke 18:8 GW)
Believe God will.
God will bring justice in His time. Jesus is asking, do you have the faith to believe God will bring justice?
Do you genuinely believe in God?
Scripture is full of God’s promises to rescue us from our trials and tribulations. Jesus tells us He’s overcome the world, we’re to take heart (John 16:33 GW). But in reality, we doubt He has.
The judge finally responded to get rid of an annoyance. God responds because He loves you. Persistent prayer reminds us Who is truly in control. Prayer changes us, not God. Releasing our troubles to God frees us from their hold.
Sometimes, we need to chat continually with God to find His peace amid the storm. Faith is trusting God will act in due time. We must believe, God will act quickly.
Remember, God’s definition of quickly isn’t ours. Keep praying. God will act.
Lord, thank You for Your swift justice. Forgive us for trying to put You on our timeline. As we pray persistently today, let Your peace fall upon us as we faithfully wait for You to act. We know that in all things, You will bring justice when needed. Help us believe today that You’re listening. Encourage us in our walk as we pray continually to You. In all things, the glory is Yours. IJNIP. Amen
Question for reflection
What are you praying persistently about today?