Be persistent in prayers

Luke 18: 1-8 talks about a judge in a certain town who neither feared God nor cared about men and there was a widow who kept coming to him asking for justice. The window was so persistent  that the judge began to thing that “even though I don’t fear God or care for men, I will see that this widow gets her justice.”

How many of us find ourselves subject to people and situations that are hard to deal with. People who neither walk in the fear of the Lord nor have compassion for others, who abuse their authority mercilessly and try to put themselves in place of God making the situation difficult for those who want to quietly follow Christ. But the parable is telling us that persistence always brings the desired result. The widow was fully determined to get justice, even though she knew that the only person who had been appointed to answer her was “unjust.” Her persistence not only brought her justice but a change in the attitude of corrupt judge, who began to realize that he was unjust and started thinking, “Even though I don’t fear God or care about men, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice.”

Jesus related this parable to those who have been praying for long without seeing any answer. He said, “Will not God bring about justice for his chosen one who cry out to him day and night. I tell you that he will see that they get justice and quickly, however, when the son of man comes, will he find faith on earth.”

Will the Son of Man find faith on earth when he comes in answer to the prayers of those who have been calling God for a long time. It’s easy to lose faith when there is a delay in getting answers to prayers. Some people suffer for 12 years, some for 38 years (as in the Bible) and some even longer. Is it possible to keep the prayer and request alive for such a long time? We tend to get discouraged when we don’t see anything happening for a long time. Many of us begin to learn how to live with the adverse situations and just go with the flow, thinking that this is what God has appointed us to live by. When Jesus appeared to the man who had been invalid for 38 years, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?” Jesus wants us to keep the hope alive even though its been 38 years since we have been waiting. He wants us to remain courageous in negative situation and answer Jesus the way the Syrophoenician woman answered whose daughter was afflicted for a long time. When she came to Jesus, the disciples discouraged her and then Jesus told her, “It’s not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to their dogs.” Her persistence turned her misery into blessing when she answered “Its dogs who eat what falls from their master’s table.” Jesus commended her answer and said ” For such  reply, you may go; the demon has left your daughter.”

Persistence is the Key to bring the desired result. Have you been waiting for very long? Are you losing courage and getting accustomed to your situation. Take heart, the answer is coming. Its right at the door.  Keep up the faith and the courage for they have great value in the sight of the Lord. Speak up and show to the Son of God that your are still keeping your hopes alive despite long wait and hardship. And It will be done in Jesus name.

May God bless you!

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