Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’ “For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!” (Luke 18:1-5)
Every minute of a family vacation is a treasure. Sleeping arrangements are difficult for a family of five. Two queens don’t work. A room change is sometimes required. Once at a resort they put us into a condo not close to the beach where the family area was. The kids were a bother to the adults in the pool area, so once again I asked for a room change. Hotels are notorious for sending fruit baskets when you’re not satisfied, so from that time on my family makes fun of me for wanting a fruit basket any time I’m persistent.
This Scripture is about persistence in prayer. This widow was likely poor and cheated out of money since she was so persistent. The judge is a Roman non-Christian who doesn’t care about this widow. He cares about himself and the bribes he receives on a daily basis. The woman is a thorn in his side. He doesn’t want to admit he’s giving into her because he wants her to go away, so he tells himself she will attack him if he doesn’t give her justice.
Before I knew much about God, I prayed once for each situation because I thought that was showing faith. Now I know to pray every day about situations that are important to me, my family, my dreams, and the changes I want God to help me make in myself. God outright tells us to pray without ceasing (1Thessolonians 5:18). Throughout the day I’ll pray, show me who needs Your love, bring readers to my website that need to hear Your message, help me write my novel so it will benefit many, set up people to help me and prepare finances for the curriculum and school you want me to start, keep the enemy out of my life, prepare my body for less food and my brain not to tell me I need more, plus I will pray for the needs of my family. It only takes a few seconds to say a one-sentence prayer. When you think an unwanted thought, let it remind you to pray.
Dearest Father in Heaven, remind me to pray persistently for myself, my family, my dreams, your will, and keeping the enemy out of my life. I know you want a more personal relationship with me that requires persistence. Help me remember you created me to have a relationship with you. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.