October 4, 2018
Rev. William C. Bills
“… Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not lose heart.”
Jesus told a parable about a poor widow who demanded justice from an unjust judge. The judge neither feared God nor respected anyone, especially the poor widow. But she was persistent in her demand for justice. Finally, her persistence wore him down. He relented and she received what she asked for. In the Greek text her “persistence” can be read as threatening to slap him in the face or even blacken his eye! She was unrelenting.
Luke interprets the parable for us in the first verse. Before he even gets to the parable, Luke says that Jesus was speaking about our need to pray always and not lose heart. An intentional, disciplined practice is essential for anyone who wants to grow spiritually. Intentional Faith Development is a plan, undertaken with purpose and applied with persistence, even in the face of resistance, for the sake of growth and change. Spiritual discipline makes us more faithful. Grant that we might all become relentlessly persistent in prayer. Pray relentlessly for yourself, those you love, our church, our community and our world. God is not like the unjust judge. Sometimes it may feel like God isn’t listening. But God is always listening, especially to those who refuse to stop praying.