A Persistent Widow
During His earthly ministry, the Lord Jesus Christ told a parable to His disciples about an encounter with a judge “who did not fear God nor regard man,” and a widow who consistently came to him asking, “get justice for me from my adversary.” This parable is found in Luke 18:1-8, and it teaches a lot about the christian and prayer. Hence, Jesus is instructing us to “pray and not lose heart.” Some Christians are discouraged to “persevere in prayer” when the answers don’t seem to be coming as they expect.
The lesson in Luke 18:1-8 is that we continue praying until we hear from God. Verse one says, “And He [Jesus] told them a parable that men ought always to pray and not lose heart.” For some, it is easy to lose heart and actually give up praying because they lack the patience to wait and keep trusting, while waiting. However, if we take God at His word, “casting all our care on Him, for He cares for us” (1 Peter 5:7) and believe in the power of prayer, we will never lose heart.
In this parable, the Lord is showing that even the “unrighteous judge” who neither feared God nor regard 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” (Luke 18:5). And Jesus continues, ”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” (Luke 18:6-8).
We are instructed in scripture to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). One may ask, how is this possible. The problem is that we can hardly find the time to pray, if at all. Rather, we must take the time to pray. Let us be honest before God; we take the time to do this or that, go hither, and yon, as it suits us? No one can deny that many of us work for a living. We also need time to take care of important matters. However, each day has 24 hours, and each week has 168 hours. Why can't we plan times for prayer? We can also seek God’s help in the planning