Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart, saying: “There was in a certain city a judge who did not fear God nor regard man. Now there was a widow in that city; and she came to him, saying, ‘Get justice for me from my adversary.’ And he would not for a while; but afterward he said within himself, ‘Though I do not fear God nor regard man, yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.’ ” Then the Lord said, “Hear what the unjust judge said. And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:1-8)
Praying With Faith
There is no force give to man that is more potent than the ability to stand before the throne of the Creator and plead desires and needs. Our Father opens His door for our petitions in the avenue of prayer. Think about that. Really think about that. We can talk to God anytime, anyplace about anything and He will listen. Pleading the promises of the Lord is the gift of love showing how He who sits above the circle of the earth knows what I need and has the love to answer my prayer. Although He has a name for billions of stars He knows my name. I am special to God.
Jesus prayed often (and that is an understatement). At times He prayed all night. His prayers were fervent and full of love. His disciples asked Him on a number of occasions to teach them how to pray. One of the great lessons on prayer is to understand persistence in letting God know how serious we are. Faith is the essence of what gives our prayers life. It is easy to become discouraged when we do not see the evidence of prayer either in time or action. Jesus wants us not to lose heart.
The parable of Luke 18 is no so much about the unjust judge but the determined nature of the widow. God is so much greater than what man will do and if we find the tenacious spirit in us to continually seek the blessings of our Father He will grant them. Prayer is not a vending machine where we put in a quarter and get what we want immediately. The nature of prayer is not about whether God has answered our prayer to our liking but whether or not we have allowed our faith to measure our reaction to prayer. People get mad about prayer because God did not answer the way they wanted. Faith is believing that God knows best and whatever answer is given is the right answer. Prayer is not about me – it is about the Lord’s will.
As we focus this week on the plans and pursuits of life take faith and prayer and pray in faith allowing God to work in your life. Trust Him. He knows best. Be persistent. If the Lord returns this week (and He can you know) let Him find faith on earth. My faith by my prayers. Amen?
God is not impressed by length or loudness in our prayer. He sees the heart and when we have prayed our hearts into acceptance of His will and our wills into obedience to it, we may calmly wait for the answer. (Vance Havner)