PERSISTENT PRAYER

Luke 18:1-8 (3): In that city there was also a widow who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice.’ (GW)

My child began to ask for a biscuit. I initially felt reluctant, but as he pleaded persistently, I had no choice than to succumb. And, you know what? He never stopped showing gratitude–as he ate them, he gave thanks, and without further request, I gave more. That moment, the Holy Spirit reminded me of the similarity of this scenario with when we pray!

Our text gave an illustration of a widow who needed justice so that she would disturb the judge, who neither feared God nor man. One day, the judge said to himself, ‘if I don’t answer this woman, she will keep troubling me’. Note that, the judge doesn’t know God or cared about people yet, he was fair to the widow—how much more our Father in Heaven, whom Jesus affirmed that He will give his people ‘quick justice’, when they call (v. 8a). Oh! How exciting and reassuring. Hallelujah!

Beloved, God knows about our worries, secret tears, prayers and fasting, and He is working things out! (Isaiah 55:7-13). But, are you persistent enough like the widow? Remember, Christ also asked whether He will find faith when He returns (v. 8b). In other words, it’s only those who have faith (wait), that will enjoy answered prayers (Psalm 27:14). Moreover, when it happens, we must thank God consistently as my child did, because ‘thanksgiving is the ticket for more’. Be Born Again!

PRAYER

Hymn: He will Answer every Prayer — Mary Bernstecher (1914)

1. Father, please give me the passion to pray and the faith to wait!

2. Thou load of sickness and death, placed on my head and that of my household and neighbours, catch fire!

3. Lord, inspire me to success and exceeding greatness!

4. I refuse to be a beggar amid abundance.

GOD BLESS, YOU!

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