Where Should I Turn?
Verse 3 And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’
Yesterday we said that praying persistently isn’t about God giving us what we want but asking Him for what He wants. Today will see just how the widow did this.
How often do we want something badly and find ourselves begging God to give us what we want. Just as spoiled children we come to almost demand that He give us the thing(s) that we think will make us happiest in life. It may be for a new job, house or car. Or maybe it is for something more life-changing like a spouse or child. We more or less tell Him that we know He wants us to be happy and so He will give us what we want. But is God really seeking to fulfill our desires for earthly desires? No, and it isn’t that these things are all bad for us but the specifics of our requests may be more aligned with our will than His. He can see right through to the heart of the issue and it could be that we are more interested in the gift than the Giver.
These aren’t the kind of things our widow is being persistent about. She has a very specific issue that she is bringing before the judge and she isn’t going to be silent until she knows she has been heard and that he is going to do something about it. We don’t know the specifics of her problem but we do know that she was seeking justice in a dispute with an enemy.
Notice that the widow took her cry for justice to the person that could make a difference in her situation. And she wasn’t asking him to do something that was not in line with his position. She wasn’t asking for him to break the law to give her what she wanted but to fulfill his obligation to uphold the law with justice.
She knew who to take her petition to because she knew who would be the one to overturn the injustice she had suffered. She knew that if she was to get justice, he would be the one to give it to her. This is where our prayer lives join the image of the widow. We can’t understand our need to pray to God until we see Him as the One who can be the “judge” of our situation.
Making It Personal
What is the thing you want God to do for you more than anything? Does it align with His will? What should you be asking Him for?
Making It Personal Kids
Do you keep asking your mom and dad for something that you know they can’t give you? Why do you keep asking when it is something that they can give you? What would you like to ask God for?
Father, thank You for being a God of justice. Give us a heart to seek Your will and to align our prayers to it. In Jesus’ name, amen.