Persistent Prayer-Luke 18:1-8

Luke 18:1-8 “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 about men. 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 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!'” 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?”

Luca 18:1-8 « Propose loro una parabola per mostrare che dovevano pregare sempre e non stancarsi: «In una certa città vi era un giudice, che non temeva Dio e non aveva rispetto per nessuno; e in quella città vi era una vedova, la quale andava da lui e diceva: “Rendimi giustizia sul mio avversario”. Egli per qualche tempo non volle farlo; ma poi disse fra sé: “Benché io non tema Dio e non abbia rispetto per nessuno, pure, poiché questa vedova continua a importunarmi, le renderò giustizia, perché, venendo a insistere, non finisca per rompermi la testa”». Il Signore disse: «Ascoltate quel che dice il giudice ingiusto. Dio non renderà dunque giustizia ai suoi eletti che giorno e notte gridano a lui? Tarderà nei loro confronti? Io vi dico che renderà giustizia con prontezza. Ma quando il Figlio dell’uomo verrà, troverà la fede sulla terra?»

Some parables of Jesus were addressed to religious leaders, some to the general population and others to the twelve disciples. This particular one is certainly targeting the disciples in that it shows a contrast that seems a bit out of the ordinary.

In this parable, the unjust judge administers justice…a bit ironic! But what should be noted is not the contrast between the unjust judge and the Lord but the principle of persistent prayer (“pray and not give up” in verse 1).

Jesus not only provides the parable but in this case explains it to avoid any misinterpretation by the disciples. There is an old expression that says “the squeaky wheel gets the grease.” meaning that the part or person that makes the most noise receives the attention. It was the constant petitioning that eventually moved the unjust judge, although reluctantly, to grant justice to the widow.

The comparative contrast is clear. If an unjust ruler can exact justice because of an annoying widow’s persistent cry, how much more God, our loving and caring Father, will dispense His justice to those who will be steadfast in their prayer and petitions to Him. Will this principle in your prayer life be found when Jesus comes (v. 8)?

Pray with me: Lord, I know that sometimes I can get weary in praying for issues that I face daily. Help me to focus more of my attention, not just on prayer, but also on the principle of persistency in prayer.

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