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Consistent Prayer - Persistent Faith

Consistent Prayer - Persistent Faith

05 October 2010

Today’s Reading: Esther 3-8; Luke 18

Scripture:

1 Jesus told them a story showing that it was necessary for them to pray consistently and never quit. 2 He said, “There was once a judge in some city who never gave God a thought and cared nothing for people. 3 A widow in that city kept after him: ‘My rights are being violated. Protect me!’ 4 “He never gave her the time of day. But after this went on and on he said to himself, ‘I care nothing what God thinks, even less what people think. 5 But because this widow won’t quit badgering me, I’d better do something and see that she gets justice—otherwise I’m going to end up beaten black-and-blue by her pounding.’ ” 6 Then the Master said, “Do you hear what that judge, corrupt as he is, is saying? 7 So what makes you think God won’t step in and work justice for his chosen people, who continue to cry out for help? Won’t he stick up for them? 8 I assure you, he will. He will not drag his feet. But how much of that kind of persistent faith will the Son of Man find on the earth when he returns?” (Luke 18:1-8 MSG)

Jesus told them a story. An unnamed judge in an unnamed town didn’t care about anyone or anything. But an unnamed widow was so desperate and determined in her quest for justice that he helped her, granted her request, just to get her off his back.

God is a just judge and loving father and if we consistently seek his help with half the persistence of the widow he will quickly and graciously respond. That’s one point of Jesus’ story. Another point is that when we want something, we give up way too easy.

I thought about the widow. Her life was pretty simple. She needed help and was relentless in her pursuit of justice. I thought about me. I’ve got so many things going on that I flit from one prayer to another like a butterfly in a field of daisies.

I pray about something and then I’m off to something else, praying about that, and off again. I don’t know if I follow through on half my prayers – don’t know if I pray them more than once or bother to acknowledge when they are answered.

Prayer:

Father, I’m sorry for praying so many butterfly prayers. You take such good care of me that I have few things in my life that demand my entire attention like the widow’s need for justice. Thank you that you hear and answer my less-than-consistent prayers. I do trust and rely on you. Amen.

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