It’s honestly just that simple.

As  men of God , we fail to be faithful in prayer, we will eventually become prey. The storms of life often arise without much warning. The damage they inflict on our lives or the lives of our families can prove to be catastrophic. There’s no wonder why we are strongly admonished  at Colossians 4:2 to devote ourselves to prayer. For it is by prayer we are given divine wisdom, encouragement, revelation and edification. It is also through prayer that we can strengthen our personal relationship with the grand creator of the universe.

An active and effectual prayer life, is not one that comes about over night. Rather an effectual prayer life is one that is driven by faith, and not by sight. Having this type of prayer life provides us with a spiritual safe haven, even while under spiritual attack by the enemy. But what if our prayer life has slowed and sputtered to a stop? Or what if we are still active in prayer, but things are beginning to feel routine, or even  at times pointless? Well, when instructing his disciples about this very subject, our Master began by directing their attention to a Widow.

Much like today’s society, the widow in Jesus parable was no doubt of limited means. The disciples themselves were well aware of the needs widows and orphans had for assistance and protection. So much so, they even carried a collection box along with them in their ministry, specifically for the orphans and widows. But because the majority of society was ran by men, judicial and advocacy laws usually exploited the poor and oppressed.

This widow in particular was also struggling under the daily oppression of an active adversary. This adversary was so unrelenting that she was eventually forced to try and seek justice from the court. (Luke 18:3) Notice that although her request was certainly reasonable, the ungodly judge only saw her as a nuisance. She became so persistent in her plea’s, that the judge eventually became worried the widow would one day attack him seeking justice (Luke 18:5) He had no choice but to honor her request, not because of his own inclination, but solely because of her persistence.

So what was the overall point of this parable? What exactly was Jesus trying to impart to his disciples? Verses 7 and 8 provides us with the answer to those questions.

(NIV)

[7] And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? [8] I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”

Here’s Jesus point: If an unjust, ungodly and unmotivated judge could be moved to action by the persistence of a widow, then how much more so will our perfect and loving heavenly Father willingly give to us all that we ask in Christ name. Please rest assured dear brothers, that our heavenly Father hears all of our cries and petitions. He warmly accepts our prayers of thanksgiving as well as our prayers of intercession on behalf of others. What is more, he wants to talk to us, we are no nuisance to him, and can approach his throne at any time, day or night. Therefore brothers, let us take our Masters’ words to heart and never give up or tire out in our prayers. Remember, Pray or become prey, the choice is ours.

With warm brotherly love and affection,

Your fellow bondservant in Christ,

-STZ

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