Should We Persist In Prayer?
Luke 18:1-7 (NKJV) Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart, saying: "There was in a certain city a judge who did not fear God nor regard man. Now there was a widow in that city; and she came to him, saying, 'Get justice for me from my adversary.' And he would not for a while; but afterward he said within himself, 'Though I do not fear God nor regard man, yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.' " Then the Lord said, "Hear what the unjust judge said. And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them?
Here is another translation from the ONE NEW MAN Bible translation:
Luke 18:1-8 And He was telling them a parable that it was always necessary for them to pray and not to lose heart, saying, "A certain judge in some city was not fearing God and not respecting man. And there was a widow in that city and she was coming to him saying, 'You must immediately vindicate me from my opponent in a law suit.' And for some time he was not wanting to. But after these things he said to himself, 'Even if I do not fear God and do not respect man, because this widow causes me trouble I shall vindicate her, so that in the end she would not wear me out by her coming and brow-beating.'" And the Lord said, "You must now hear what the unrighteous judge is saying of the injustice: and would God not execute justice for His chosen ones, for those who call to Him day and night, and does He not also have patience with them? I say to you that He will see to it that justice is done quickly for them. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the Earth?"
Jesus uses a parable to illustrate the importance of persevering in prayer. He tells the story of a widow who came to an unjust judge seeking justice against her adversary. Because of her persistence in prayer, the judge gave in. Jesus’ point is that if an unjust judge will grant the petition of someone who perseveres in a request for justice, how much more will the God who loves his children that have come to Him in faith, answer our prayer when we keep praying? The parable does not teach, as is mistakenly thought, that if we pray for something over and over, God is obligated to give it to us. Rather, God promises to avenge His own, to vindicate them. He promises to right their wrongs and to do them justice, and deliver them from their adversaries.
God does this because of His justice, His holiness, and His hatred of sin; in answering prayer, He keeps His promises and displays His power.
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