“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!’”

– Luke 18:4,5

In Luke 18, Jesus told an interesting parable about an unrighteous judge who cared nothing about people. But before we dive into the story, it’s important to know that the word translated “judge” in this account is the Hebrew term “shofet,” which implies advocacy as much as it does ruling or presiding. Therefore, though this man’s job was to govern and help people, he was wicked in the eyes of God because he was lazy and didn’t want to be bothered. However, he got more than he bargained for when a very persistent widow came to him and demanded that he administer justice in a matter regarding her adversary. Refusing to walk away the first time he said no, she kept insisting until she became a pest. Finally, though his heart toward her never softened, the judge gave in and heard her case because he wanted to get rid of her and make sure she didn’t attack him. While it seems somewhat strange, the Lord gave us this story as an example of the intensity with which we should pray for justice to prevail in our lives (and in the lives of others). While we may be convinced that we should be “polite” and muffle our cries to see His righteousness manifest, He bids us come to Him and continue asking, seeking, and knocking until His perfectly-timed answers come forth. 

My friend, being devoted to intercession for divine mercy is a high call — one that your Savior always responds to. While you may be tempted to swallow your expectations and give up hounding Heaven for your cause, He welcomes you to persist in bold and stubborn faith. You are never a bother to the One who holds you as the apple of His eye, and your fervent prayers rise as a sweet aroma before Him. Pray unceasingly and dauntlessly for His power to prevail in your life — and in the world — and you will see mountains move, strongholds crumble, and waters part in His great Name! 


Jesus, transform me into a person who persists in prayer — even when I’m tempted to give up — because I know that you will always answer.


What’s your posture when you approach God in prayer? Are you polite or persistent?


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