Pray Without Ceasing
"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."
Jesus was teaching the disciples in this parable to be persistent in prayer for all things.(The Parable of the Persistent Widow). He warned them that the world is unjust and cruel and in time would only become worse.
"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.'" (Luke 18:3-5)
Widows of the Jewish society were most vulnerable. The widow needed help and protection from this unjust judge. He did not believe in God and did not want to hear from this widow but through her continually coming before him day after day he finally consented to her wishes just to rid himself of her presence.
Jesus was not comparing the judge to God. He was showing that if an unjust judge can give justice sometimes, think of what a loving, caring, Creator of the world; Almighty God, who gives justice freely could do.
-The dishonest judge represented corrupt power, for he neither feared God nor sought justice for the people.
-The widow represented complete helplessness, for she had no money to bribe him and no one powerful enough to intervene on her behalf.
When the Lord has laid something on your heart to pray about don't be shy; be consistent. We must pray and not grow weary. He is moving us to a place of dependence on Him and when that prayer has been answered we will know without a doubt where our help comes from.
"The power of prayer is in the power of Jesus, and what I know of Jesus is that He is still good. He loves me. He sees me. He hears me and, therefore, God hears me. My prayers are heard not because of what I did but because of what Jesus did." -Anonymous
"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 18:6-8)
Jesus was describing when He returns again, showing that it will be sudden and without warning. While we wait He wants us to continue in our prayer life persistently seeking God's justice, which will be unmistakable when the wrong of this present evil age will be righted with triumph for His people.
Let's be steadfast and persistent in prayer as we wait for His Coming!
I love you & He loves you more!
Lord, I rejoice in You and I know I am not alone. Your goodness and grace is evident in this world. Help us to rise up and pray for the lost to be saved and for Your people to return to You. Come Lord Jesus Come! In Jesus' name. Amen.