When you pray, do you wonder if your call to God gets through? In Luke 18:1-8, we learn to be patient and persistent in prayer.
Jesus told his disciples a parable
about the necessity for them to pray always without becoming weary.
He said, “There was a judge in a certain town
who neither feared God nor respected any human being.
And a widow in that town used to come to him and say,
‘Render a just decision for me against my adversary.’
For a long time the judge was unwilling, but eventually he thought,
‘While it is true that I neither fear God nor respect any human being,
because this widow keeps bothering me
I shall deliver a just decision for her
lest she finally come and strike me.’”
The Lord said, “Pay attention to what the dishonest judge says.
Will not God then secure the rights of his chosen ones
who call out to him day and night?
Will he be slow to answer them?
I tell you, he will see to it that justice is done for them speedily.
But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”
This is an interesting reading from the Gospel of Luke. It is about the value of persistence in prayer and having the faith that God both hears you and will act for you.
Obviously God doesn’t fear that we will strike Him, as in the case of the judge to which Jesus refers. Rather, God doesn’t want us to lose faith or hope in Him. For whatever reason – and we can never know what that is, however hard we try to figure it out – God acts in His own good time. But we must not ever think that God doesn’t listen or doesn’t hear or isn’t aware of our prayers. There are many moving pieces in God’s plans and He moves them as He needs to make the world work as it needs to. So when you pray in need, also pray in good faith, pray with passion, and pray unceasingly. And most of all, pray with love. And know that God is listening and hearing and setting in motion an answer for you.
Prayer is a form of communion with God. It is acting soul to holy spirit. Don’t become weary or despondent in prayer. For when we pray to God he sees and accepts our faith. When you feel weary, pray. For then you are connected to the almighty, who will give you solace or energy or peace. And when we need it, He will secure the rights of His chosen ones. So says Jesus the Christ.
We hear often how Jesus taught us how to pray with the Our Father or Lord’s Prayer. And two postings before He showed us how to praise the Father in a brief prayer. Now here, Jesus teaches us to pray often and without becoming weary. When we think of the many wonderful ways we can interact with God, prayer is something that is within our control, something we can do at any moment — when we are happy, when we are sad, when we are in fear, when we are in need, when we are grateful, even when we are angry (called a prayer of lamentation), and of course, when we love God. He is there for us always.