Luke 18:1-8

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Constant dripping of water on a stone eventually will produce an effect. It is that same idea that Jesus drove home.

“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!” And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. 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? 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?” Luke 18:1-8

The judge did not fear God nor did he respect man.

We think about judges as being impartial, fair. But certainly, all are not and evidently this one wasn’t. He refused to listen to the plight of this woman who had an adversary, someone who was causing her grave concern. She asked for justice, but the judge refused to help.

Time after time she came to the judge asking for justice but was refused. Yet, time after time she kept coming. The judge’s refusal did not deter her determination. His response did not dictate nor did it negate her mission. She kept coming.

After a while 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!”

Jesus told this story to give some insight into prayer. We need to realize that praying is not a “one and done” deal. We don’t ask God for something and walk away, item in hand. Prayer is communion with God. Yes, it’s sharing our concerns, pleading on behalf of situations, asking for things that we need, but it is more than that. Prayer is listening and settling ourselves in God’s presence to be moved by Him. It is being still and knowing that He is God.

But it is also more than that. Prayer is being in the waiting room. In our rat raced, fast paced, call in our order, instant response world, we want answers and we want them now or maybe yesterday. But often prayer is coming again and again.

Now think about this: James was the brother of Jesus. He grew up with Him. He listened to Him talk. He heard Jesus’ response to His parents and to others. But think about how hard it would have been to grow up as the brother of the Messiah. To consider that your brother was actually God’s Son would have been at the very least, challenging. James did not accept it right away. But eventually he came to know. James is the author of the book of James in the New Testament. Again, he knew Jesus. He had talked with him many times growing up. But after Jesus was resurrected and ascended into heaven, it has been historically documented that James spent so much time in prayer that his knees became like camel’s knees. James felt like he had to pray to be the man the Lord wanted him to be.

How do we feel? How well do we know Jesus? The only way to truly know Him is to spend time talking with Him and reading His Word. That grows our faith.

Jesus said we need to keep on praying, to be like the woman and not stop even if answers come later on. He also asked if when He returns will He find faith.

So, will He find it in us?


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