I love the parables that Jesus told in the Gospels. Parables are simple stories that are used to illustrate a lesson, usually with a moral or spiritual concept. Jesus told several of them. It would be hard to pick my favorite, but while editing some lessons for work, I re-read one from the Gospel of Luke.
In Luke 18, Jesus told the story of a cold-hearted judge in a town, and a widow that kept coming to him, pleading with him for justice against an enemy.
There was a judge in a certain town who didn’t fear God or respect man. And a widow in that town kept coming to him, saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’
For a while he was unwilling, but later he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or respect man, yet because this widow keeps pestering me, I will give her justice, so she doesn’t wear me out by her persistent coming.’ (verses 2-5)
This woman wanted justice. Someone had wronged her, and she wanted the judge to take care of it. So she went to him constantly, pleading with him, pestering him.
This judge was self-serving, so he granted the woman’s request simply because he was annoyed. But if this judge, who had no respect for God or man, granted this woman’s request, how much more will God listen to our pleads?
That’s the point Jesus was trying to make. Luke 18:1 says that Jesus told the parable to show them “to pray always and not become discouraged.” Here’s what Jesus told His disciples:
Listen to what the unjust judge says. Will not God grant justice to His elect who cry out to Him day and night? Will He delay to help them? I tell you that He will swiftly grant them justice. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He find that faith on earth? (verses 6-8)
Prayer is supposed to be a daily part of our lives as believers. We should be confident in our prayers, because we know God is listening. We know He hears our cries. This doesn’t mean that God is a genie who grants our every wish and desire. It does mean that God will answer in His perfect timing, taking care of all of our needs according to His perfect will.
God hears you. He’s listening. Talk to Him.