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“And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them?” -Luke 18:7
What was the thing you nagged your parents about when you were a kid? For me it was eating out at restaurants. I was always up for a good trip to Culver’s, Famous Dave’s or any of our other local favorites. Multiple nights a week I would ask my mom what the plan was for dinner, and if she hesitated for even a moment I would jump right in with a humble suggestion of a restaurant we might enjoy. Being the good mom that she was, she would often turn me down to teach me that home-cooked is best and eating out was a treat.
But what if the thing we desire most is more serious than a silly meal out? What if the deep desires of your heart continue to be unsatisfied? What if you have tried over and over again to ask God to provide, and it just hasn’t seemed to work out?
The “Parable of the Persistent Widow” in Luke 18:1-8 gives us guidance and encouragement. This widow shows great persistence in seeking justice from her adversary, she receives that justice, and Jesus teaches that God honors our persistence. If you read the parable for Jesus’ true message, you’ll see that ultimately it is a lesson of faith. He teaches that out of our faith in Jesus we have the opportunity to persistently seek his blessing and assistance in our lives - and most certainly, by his great timing and ability, he will honor that persistence.
How might you put your faith on display through your daily prayer practices this week?