ongoing prayer as a form of not giving up

Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.

It is easy to lose heart in this life. To kind of ditch this or that hope or concern, or at least put it on the back burner as something less than a hot concern. Given all the trauma going on in the world both at large in too many places as well as in our own immediate lives with loved ones and friends, at times we can find life rather overwhelming and even numbing. We are broken humans, and life even at its best has it ebbs and flows, a part of the day which can be filled with a sense of God’s Presence and purpose and another part in which we can be all but lost.

Jesus taught his disciples and teaches us in large measure through stories. In the parable that follows, justice and the Lord’s return are included. We look for God’s answers to prayer in this life now while realizing that the complete answer won’t occur until our hope in and through Jesus is realized in the resurrection, when heaven and earth become one in the new creation, and God’s kingdom at long last holds full sway when King Jesus returns.

Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’

“For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’”

And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. 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? 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?”