“In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man. And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, Though I neither fear God nor respect man, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.’”Luke 18:2-5
Nearly every day Patrina and I take a few minutes together to pray for our kids. Even though the focus is slightly different each day, it comes down to a couple of persistent themes, over and over again.
In the parable above, Jesus endorses that kind of persistence. In fact, before he begins the parable, Luke tells us the meaning of the parable –
And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart.Luke 18:1
Now, God isn’t like the judge in the parable. He doesn’t just give us justice to shut us up, right?
And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”Luke 18:7-8
So, we pray daily and we do not lose heart.