Sunday Devotional: Luke 18:1-8

“And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart.  He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man.  And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’  For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor respect man,  yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.’”  And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge says.  And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them?  I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” (Luke 18:1-8)

Jesus loved to tell parables to help teach truths and this is another example of a parable that he told.  In this parable a widow had been wronged and went to the judge in town to get justice.  This judge, however, was not one who “feared God nor respected man” as Jesus described him.  Yet the widow kept going to him repeatedly seeking justice.  Finally the judge relented.

Jesus tells the disciples and those listening to the story that if this unrighteous judge listened to the widow and did accordingly, how much so will God who is righteous listen to his children?  Sometimes we may be praying and it seems like the widow waiting for our prayers to be answered.  But we can trust that God will answer them and that He wants us to trust Him in that.

This week, let us keep seeking the Lord in prayer.  Let us not grow weary in praying.  Let us trust in Him to answer in due time.

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