Pray Continually

September 25, 2018

Luke 18:1-8… And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. He said, “In a certain city, there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man. And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to Him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ For awhile he refused, but after wards he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God not respect man, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.’ And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge says. And will not God give justice to His elect, who cry to Him day and night? Will He delay long over them? I tell you, ‘He will give justice to them, speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of man comes, will He find faith on earth?”

            This is one of those rare parables where Jesus gave us the interpretation. It demonstrates the type of teaching that parables make. The unrighteous judge represents God. We know that to be bogus, because God is totally righteous. So that is not the point being made. The point, as explained by Jesus, is about prayer to the judge of life. Don’t give up. Don’t quit. An important aspect of this is that we are praying to the judge who can respond. For awhile, the judge in the parable didn’t answer the widow. But he finally did and the widow received what she asked for. When you go to God, in prayer, don’t have a plan b. He is the judge and He, alone, can take care of the problem. If He looks into your heart and sees a list with His name at the top, He may let you go through the whole list before He answers. Don’t let ‘no answer’ deter you. Pray daily or more often if you want. Once, I prayed and asked God to please answer me. He spoke to my heart, “Is it not enough for you to know that I heard you?” If God hears our prayers, and God loves us, He will not ignore us. We don’t repeat a prayer because He has a bad memory; we do it because we are human, which he knows full well.

            I have never fully understood the last sentence of the paragraph. “Will the Son of man find faith on earth, when He returns?” Today, I realize that nagging could be like a formula and His answers aren’t  because of our faith.