“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 donʼt fear God or care what people think, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she wonʼt 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
Jesus told a parable -remember a parable is a story about ordinary people doing ordinary things, but with a message that has eternal significance-about and old lady who He compared and contrasted with God.
In the story, the old lady, a widow was presistantly pleading with a judge to give her justice regarding her enemy-someone who had wronged her. Now in Jesus’ society the fact this lady was widow, speaking to a judge on her own behalf, means she was unemployed, probably childless (bc her son would have spoken for her if she had one) and desitute. In that society, women rarely worked and depended upon their husbands and families for everything. The point to Jesus’ story, however was the persistence of this widow lady. She kept coming back and back and back to the judge.
The judge, who obviously didn’t fear this lady; who didn’t care about what God’s Law said about helping the helpless and who didn’t care what the people said or thought about him, obviously cared that this women was about to WEAR HIM OUT!
Nows here’s the contrast: this judge cared for NO ONE. He took pity on NO ONE is unlike God, Who knows details about us like how many hairs there are on each of our heads and how many sparrows are on the earth and if one of them falls from the sky today. Yet in comparison, BOTH answered and granted a petition. The insensitive judge granted the widow’s request for fear of being badgered to death-God, because HE LOVES US will certainly grant ours!
Jesus’ point: keep asking, keep praying and keep knocking-God LOVES you and will answer!
Then Jesus asks a sobering question: “when He returns, will He find faith on the earth?” Will Jesus find us praying, asking snd petitioning Him, despite what’s going on around us?
Phil. 46 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
Give God your concerns, your petitions and your prayers. Be presistant!
Think about it!