Devotional – Persistent Prayer – Luke 18:1-8

Prayer is so important in our Christian life but very often Christians struggle with prayer. Here in the Gospel of Luke, Jesus tells us a parable to teach us to pray consistently and do not lose heart. Why is it important? Two reasons: First, it is a timing issue. Sure, God will listen and answer our prayer. But most of the time, He has His own timing which is usually different from ours.  We want to see things happen right away, but God wants to teach us to be patient and trust Him more. Second, prayer is not magic.  Prayer is a process to help us align our heart to God’s heart.  Prayer helps us to understand God’s plan so that we will be keeping in step with Him.  That needs time and again needs patience.

Note that the judge in this parable is NOT representing God’s character.  Jesus is using the “Rabbi formula” – giving an earthly example and tells us “how much more” God is better than that example. Even that unjust judge would listen to the helpless widow.  Our loving God sure will listen to us.

“Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” (v8)

What is your burden in your heart? Have you persistently prayed for it?