Saturday, July 14, 2018
Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.
6 And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. 7 And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off?8 I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”
Jesus told the story of the persistent widow as an example of why we need to keep praying and trust that God both hears us and answers us. If an unjust judge would grant the request of a widow, certainly God, who is both loving and just, will not delay in doing for us what is right and good. Our sense of time is different from God’s, but Jesus wants us to trust in God’s perfect timing.
At the end of the story, Jesus makes a comment about the Son of Man’s return, and asks whether he will find faith on the earth. We see faith on the decline – in this nation and around the world. Churches are closing; people look around to see too many empty pews on a Sunday morning. Will we continue to believe that God answers prayer? Or will we “give up”?
It bothers me sometimes to hear words that sound like we are giving up on God. Something happens we don’t like and we simply turn away from faith and a fellowship of believers. Or we lower our expectations of what God can accomplish. We fail to believe God can do anything so we don’t look for evidence to the contrary. Prayers are half-hearted if at all.
Be that persistent widow! Keep believing, keep praying, be bold and courageous, be ready to see what God is planning, just out of sight and around the next bend. May we not give up on God, because I don’t want God to give up on us.
Gracious and loving God, let me put my trust in you, today and every day. Help me keep my focus on you, believing that you listen to my prayers and answer them, out of your great love for all of humanity. Thank you, Lord. Amen.