Please, Pretty Please!
Verse 7 And will not God bring about justice for His chosen ones, who cry out to Him day and night? Will He keep putting them off?
We have looked at the various people in this parable. Today we finish delving into what persistent prayer is all about. Why did Jesus think it was important for His followers to keep praying without giving up?
Jesus is quick to point out that God is not an unjust judge like the one in the story. God is the epitome of justice as it is His very character. Notice though that Jesus is clear that God gives justice to His chosen ones. We do need to remember that this doesn’t mean He gives us everything we ask for. He is a loving Father and even an earthly father won’t give his children what will hurt them.
This being persistent in prayer isn’t about praying until you get what we want but praying until we know what God wants. It is likely that the widow in our story found that the more she begged the more that she thought about how much she needed this justice she sought. She was sure of what was owed her and so she begged with confidence and assurance that what she asked was what she was to be given. We can’t do that about mere wants in our lives. Yes, God may desire to give us some of the things we request but persistent prayer should be more about the things we know God wants to give. Things that align with His position to give.
We need to remember that the widow wasn’t persisting about something she could get for herself. She was asking the judge for something only he could give. We know that God could, in theory, give us anything, but would a loving Father give His children everything they want, when they want it? Of course not, it may not be good for us now, if ever. So why should we even bother? Remember what we said about the widow and what she would have learned about herself through her waiting? If God doesn’t give us what we want when we ask and we know that it could be in His will for us, we will learn more about Him as we think about why He may not be answering.
Unlike the unjust judge in our parable who didn’t give the widow the justice she deserved because he didn’t care, God will withhold our request, if even for just a time, because He has purpose in the delay. His timing is as important as the answer is. We must ask ourselves, will He answer a prayer not prayed?
Making It Personal
What is something that you have prayed persistently for? What is your motive for praying for this thing in your life? What are you learning about God as you pray for it?
Making It Personal Kids
What kinds of things do you think God wants you to pray a lot about? Have you ever prayed really hard for something? Did God think you needed what you prayed for and gave it to you?
Father, give us wisdom about what You want us to ask You for. Help us know what is important enough to be persistent in prayer about. Thank You for listening to us. In Jesus’ name, amen.