Parable of the Persistent Widow
Then Jesus told his disciple a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. Luke 18:1
Here is a story of an insignificant, marginalized, widow, persistently pleading with an important and powerful judge. It just so happens that from the lips of the judge himself we discover that he neither fears God or cares about people! The widow's persistence finally pays off, and simply to stop her bothering him the judge grants her justice. Jesus makes the point that if even an unjust and uncaring judge eventually offers justice, how much more will a caring and loving Father in Heaven respond to our heartfelt and persistent prayers?
Is there a concern in your life right now that you have given up on? Is it time to pray persistently to God to heal that illness, to save that family member, to bring about that reconciliation, to succeed in that job?
Persistence is a vital requirement, not just in our prayer life but also in our wider Christian living. The widow was determined not to give up until she had gotten what she desired, and even though initially it might have looked like she was banging her head against a brick wall she kept on until she'd achieved what she so desperately needed.
How about giving your prayer life a makeover, and bring the widow's persistence into your prayers?