Persistence (Luke 18:1-8)

Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. 2 He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared about men. 3 And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’
4 “For some time he refused. But finally, he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care about men, 5 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!’ ”
6 And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. 7 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? 8 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)

Learn it:

In today’s parable, Jesus is telling it to his disciples. In the story we read about a judge who does not fear God or man, he does as he likes and does not care what people think of him. The other character in the story is a widow, who comes to the Judge day after day asking for justice. The judge keeps brushing her off and does not think she is worth his time. Eventually the judge caves and grants her justice. This unloving judge eventually listened to the person that is most deserving of compassion and helped her out.
Jesus, speaking to his disciples, is encouraging them that if this wicked judge eventually helped the widow how much more will God in heaven listen to their prayers? God will not keep putting them off. Jesus wants his disciples to keep praying and expecting God to answer their prayers. Not only will God answer their prayers, but Jesus Christ will return soon. He wants them to have a strong faith that will endure and not lose hope.

Live it:

This parable is super relevant to us today. We need to have a strong prayer life and not give up on God. He hears every single prayer we pray to him. He is so much better than the judge in the parable. He wants to hear us and help us out. He is a loving father who gives perfect gifts at the perfect time. It is up to us to be hopeful and wait for God’s answers. It’s been 2000 years since Jesus spoke this parable and I think the question he asks at the end is a challenge for us. “However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?” Will Jesus Christ find faith in Greencastle when he returns? How about we make the question more personal. Will Jesus Christ find faith in your life when he returns? We must pray boldly knowing God will answer our prayers and then we need to live like it.