Part 4: Persevere In Faith

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 what people thought.3 And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, 'Grant me justice against my adversary.' Luke 18:1-3

The Parable of the Persistent Widow 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 care 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!" Finally, the widow gets the justice she was seeking.

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 hearing us.

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

Persistent prayer demonstrates faith in God, who will always act decisively and justly concerning His people.

REFLECT How can you make prayer a way of life?