Part 4: Persevere in faith

Persistent Widow

The Parable of the Persistent Widow appears in the Gospel of Luke (Luke 18:1-8)

It is about a judge who lacks compassion and is repeatedly approached by a poor widow, seeking justice.

Back then judges traveled around and held court in tents. They set their own agendas and the only way to have your court case heard was to bribe one of the attendants to bring your case to the attention of the judge. This widow had a couple of things working against her. She was a woman, and women were low on the social ladder. She also had no money to bribe the attendants, so her case was not heard.

In the Jewish community, a judge was expected to be impartial, to judge righteously, and to recognize that judgment ultimately belongs to God. Thus, the judge in this story lacks compassion, knowledge, he did not fear God or man, nor cared about justice being served.

This widow finds the judge and repeatedly comes before him to plead her case. According to Jewish law, widows deserve special protection under the justice system But this unjust judge ignores her. Nevertheless, she refuses to give up.

Eventually, the judge says to himself, “I don’t fear God or care about people, but this woman is driving me crazy. I’m going to see that she gets justice because she is wearing me out with her constant requests!” The widow gets the justice she was seeking.

Then Jesus explains His point:" If an uncaring, unfit, ungodly judge answers with justice in the end, how much more will a loving and holy Father give what is right to His children?"

Jesus encouraged the disciples to persistently “pray and not lose heart. He hears our prayers and listens to His children."

We go through ups and downs in our prayer life, we do not always get immediate results when we pray. Sometimes we may even wonder if God is really hearing us.

The parable of the persistent widow shows us that effective prayer requires consistency and faithfulness.

Persistent prayer is the demonstration of faith in God who, while at times may delay His answers, will always act decisively and justly with respect to His people.

Make prayer a way of life. Faithful, never-ceasing, persistent prayer.

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