Day 08 “Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests known to God. And the peace of God [that peace which reassures the heart, that peace] which transcends all understanding, [that...
“Also Jesus told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not to turn coward (faint, lose heart, and give up).”
– Luke 18:1
In verses two through eight, Jesus is telling the disciples a story to encourage them to be persistent in their prayers. The widow is in need and begging for justice to an ungodly judge who does not care how his actions affect the people around him. The only reason he finally answers the widow is because she keeps on asking and asking and asking. He refers to her as an intolerable annoyance. At the end of the story, Jesus poses a question to those listening: verse eight says, “I tell you, He will defend and protect and avenge them speedily. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find [persistence in] faith on the earth?”
Take a moment to ask yourself this question: How persistent are you in your prayer life? Do you ask once and give up, or do you continue asking until you receive your answer? The judge in this story does not care at all about the widow, but our God deeply cares for you and wants to speak directly to you and give you the answers you are seeking.
Jeremiah 29:13 says, “Then you will seek Me, inquire for, and require Me [as a vital necessity] and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.” Seeking God with all our heart may mean asking and asking and asking again. But we can have confidence that when we ask our heavenly Father for something, He will answer us. Not out of annoyance like the ungodly judge, but out of the great love that He has for us.
Take time today to get before the Lord in prayer for something that you’ve given up on. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you pray with confidence and persistence as you bring your thoughts, concerns, needs and questions before the Lord. Remember, He sent His son to die on the cross so that you could have a relationship with Him. You are not annoying Him! He wants you to seek Him with all your heart.
Let your light shine,