The widow is relentless with her requests. She comes before the judge day after day, singing the same song: “Give me justice against my adversary…” (Lk. 18:3).
The judge is selfish, heartless, and profane. He has no compassion for others and doesn’t give a rip about God.
The widow’s plea falls on the judge’s deaf ears. What did he tell her? Go to someone who cares. Go ask someone else. Sorry you’re out of luck.
But the widow is a pitbull. She won’t let go. She comes before the judge every day with the same request. She won’t stop, can’t stop asking. The judge is being ground into the submission by the pesky widow.
Finally the judge can’t take it anymore. He’s been pulverized, one faithful request at a time:
Though I neither fear God nor respect man, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.
Why does Jesus tell this parable?
…that they ought always to pray and not lose heart
The judge doesn’t feel a beat of compassion for the widow or an ounce of reverence for God. Yet because of the widow’s persistence he grants her request. Our God overflows with compassion for his blood-bought children. They are precious in his sight. His ear is inclined to their cries. He shepherds them, walks with them, and INVITES them to bring him their requests.
Every request. All the time. God wants us to be in prayerful dependence on him. He listens, and he responds to faithful, repeated requests.
Always pray, don’t lose heart.
+photo by lanchongzi
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