“yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.” – Luke 18:5
Jesus told of quite an interesting parable in Luke 18:1-8 about a woman, a judge and her adversary. She had one single request “Get justice for me from my adversary”. All she wanted was for the right thing to be done for her. The fact that a thing is rightfully yours does not mean it will always come to you, sometimes like this widow you might have to put up a fight in prayer to obtain it.
It’s also good to note that this widow did not get justice because of her circumstance, she had lost her husband, probably in great sorrow and anguish, we don’t know what the adversary did to her but she wanted justice at all cost but the judge did not consider her state or how life has dealt with her. The one thing that secured her request was her importunity, her persistence in prayer. “Yet because this widow troubles me…”
How quick we are to stop in our prayers to the righteous judge without such importunity. There is no room for the one who is quick to quit in the place of prayer. Fast forward to verse 7 and we see how Our Lord Jesus expects us to relate with the Father in prayer:
And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? – Luke 18:7
“Who cry out day and night to Him…”, the Father expects His own elect; those He redeemed by the blood of His Son to CRY OUT to Him at all times so that He can give us justice speedily. Our justice is guaranteed by our consistence and persistence in prayer and not by the weight of our circumstances.
Today, the righteous judge Himself is waiting to hear your cry, He says in Jeremiah 33:3 “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” Maybe you have been calling for days, weeks, months and even years, He says “Call” and not “Call once” importunity in prayer pays, don’t quit. Pray and again I say Pray!
May the Lord hear your cry. Amen