In my last post I wrote about how I’d been given something as a result of my persistent asking! I’d drawn a parallel between my experience and a story Jesus told about a persistent widow and answered prayer. As I pressed the “Publish” button I felt quite pleased with what I had written, but it didn’t take me long to realised there was so much more to that story.
I don’t think Jesus was asking us to pray in such a way that we nag Father God into doing what we want. If that were true, he would have used the example of a child asking a parent for something, or a wife waiting for her husband to fix something.
There once was a judge in some city who never gave God a thought and cared nothing for people. A widow in that city kept after him “My rights are being violated. Protect me!” Luke 18:2-3 Message Translation
I think one of the keys to understanding this passage is to focus on the fact that it compares God to a judge. God is a God of Justice and truth, and I think maybe it was the appeal for justice that we are to copy.
A widow in that society would have been very vulnerable to those wishing to violate her rights. Convincing a judge of her case would have been her only hope. I’m sure she would have found out as much as she could about what her rights were, and discovered other cases where the judge had intervened. As she gathered this information to put before the Judge, her conviction that an injustice had taken place would have grown.
As we pray about the trials and needs we face or see around us, I wonder if Jesus was trying to encourage us to approach God, our just Judge in a similar manner for our own benefit.
As we study our Bibles more, discover the truth about the promises God has laid out for us, as we read of stories of others who’s needs He has met, sicknesses He has healed, broken lives He has restored, it builds our faith for our case. It builds our conviction and faith that He is the God of miracles, and if He did it before, He can do it again. The hope it builds in our hearts gives us the momentum to continue to come before God with our prayers.
Whatever you’re facing today, why not take some time today to dig deeper and find out more about how God, our just Judge, sees your situation?