Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.
Luke 18 includes two of Jesus’ parables about prayer. The first was addressed to the disciples (vv. 1–8), and the second (vv. 9–14) to “some who were confident of their own righteousness.”
Today’s verse forms part of the first parable addressed to the disciples. In this parable Jesus told the story of the ‘Unjust Judge’ to teach persistence in prayer and for His disciples to not give up and to always pray. Verses 2–5 contain the parable itself and verses 6-8 is where Jesus interprets the parable to His disciples. The point of the parable was to spur the disciples on to faithfulness in prayer and to encourage them to keep on in their praying.
We all have been in a place where we prayed and felt our prayers are not being answered. Perhaps, that might even be the case for you right now. But be encouraged from this parable, let Luke 18:1-8 spur you on to continue to pray with faith and not to give up, but to persevere like the persistent widow. How much more will your heavenly Father who is just take care of you? He knows what you need and when you need it. Continue to put your trust and faith in His promises and in His character. He is indeed a good, good Father.
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
- What does this passage tell you about humanity?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
- Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.
Health Care Professionals: Pray for strength, hope, courage and compassion for those who care for the sick. Pray that they would be protected and have enough resources.