Tuesday 7th May 2019 Pray without ceasing…
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?’
I had a school experiment in my childhood to plant a bean seed in a small pot and take it to the teacher after it sprouted. Every day I would water the pot without fail with the hope of seeing the bean sprout, but I could not see anything happening for several days. I was impatient and felt that the waiting process was very difficult. However, I did not stop watering the pot. Then one morning to my delight I saw a small bud breaking out of the soil and it gradually grew to a small sapling.
The Lord Jesus speaks about the parable of an unjust judge who does not fear God or regard man. However, the widow in the parable keeps pursuing him persistently and eventually the judge takes up her case and brings justice. We have a righteous God who is more than willing to act on our behalf. In this parable, Lord Jesus illustrates the importance of persistent prayer.
Reflecting back on my childhood experience, if I had stopped watering the pot after few days then I could not have enjoyed such a beautiful experience which became a happy memory in my life.
Likewise, it may seem that nothing seems to happen even after long periods of prayers. But instead of giving up, if we persist steadfastly like the widow in the parable then God will surely answer our prayers. God values persistence and passion in prayer because it shows that we share His heart, and that we care about the things He cares about. Persistent prayer does not overcome God’s stubborn reluctance; it gives glory to Him, expresses dependence upon Him, and aligns our heart more with His.
Have you been praying for someone or something in your life for a long time but you feel that it has not been answered yet? Please do not give up but keep praying and God will bring this to fruition!
It may be useful to keep a prayer journal or diary to help us become consistent and steadfast in our prayers.
Let us ask God to help us become consistent and steadfast in our prayers and not lose heart.
Sampson Dasari (Sawyers Church Ministry Team)