Today’s Reading | Luke 18
Persistence in Prayer
According to verse 1 in today’s reading, why did Jesus tell this parable? To whom did He tell it? How does this story accomplish His purpose? In this parable, we find a widow who kept coming to a wicked judge asking for justice. The judge however, refused to give it to her. He ultimately did grant her request, but only to get rid of her and keep her from continually “bugging” him. His motives did not flow out of a heart of love and a commitment to justice, but from a selfish heart. Jesus did not intend to say that God is like this wicked judge, and that He will grant our requests if we just keep “bugging” Him with them. His point was that if an inconsiderate judge who does not fear God would grant a request to a persistent widow, how much more will a loving God respond to the continuing prayers of those He loves? Knowing that God loves us and wants to respond to our needs should be motivation to pray persistently. Is there something that you have prayed for continually and lost hope because an answer hasn’t come. Start praying again today with faith in the concern and care of a God who loves you.
Observation: What do I see?
Interpretation: What does it mean?
Application: How does it apply to me?
Implementation: What do I do?