This Sunday’s verse for Scripture Sunday is Luke 18:1. I won’t assume everyone knows the story about The Parable of the Persistent Widow though I think it is well-known. It’s a short one so this is going to be a quick read. A widow kept coming to a judge who does not fear God and respect man. She was asking for justice against a person who wronged her and went to him not only once, but a lot of times. The judge, seemingly bothered by this and to avoid her continual coming, just gave her what she asked for.
Later on, Jesus explained that the persistent widow is like us. We continually come to God in prayer and ask for something or a lot of things, sometimes. The difference, though, between God and this judge is that God is always willing to answer our prayers not because He is bothered by our shameless persistence, but because He loves us unfailingly. As Luke 18:1 says, we should always pray and never lose heart because our God is a true God and He answers prayers. We don’t have to worry about coming to Him everyday and wearing Him out about the desires of our heart because He is always willing to listen to us.
I can attest to this fact because I have a lot of answered prayers that took days, weeks, months, even years to be answered. I must admit, those times were hard and I was always struggling to be patient with the answer. But I always kept in mind that God gives His best in due time and however long it may take, He’ll still teach me important things and lessons so I could be better and stronger. Until now, I thank the Lord for all the lessons while my prayers are still unanswered and most especially, when He gives me exactly what I asked for or sometimes even better!
The key is putting trust in God and never letting unanswered prayers and circumstances weaken our faith.
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