Constant Prayer

Constant Prayer

05 October 2009


1 One day Jesus told his disciples a story to illustrate their need for constant prayer and to show them that they must never give up. 2 “There was a judge in a certain city,” he said, “who was a godless man with great contempt for everyone… 7 Even he rendered a just decision in the end, so don’t you think God will surely give justice to his chosen people who plead with him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? 8 I tell you, he will grant justice to them quickly! But when I, the Son of Man, return, how many will I find who have faith?” (Luke 18:1-2, 7-8 NLT)

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 request for justice that he helped her 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.

God is a just judge and loving Father who will hear and answer our prayers. That’s one point of Jesus’ story. The other point of Jesus’ story is that we give up way too easily.

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 usually got so many things going on that I flit from one prayer to another like a butterfly in a field of daisies.

I think of a need or problem, shoot off a prayer about it and then I’m off to something else, praying about that, and off again. I’m afraid I don’t really follow through on half my prayers. I often don’t pray them more than once or and then sometimes don’t even bother to acknowledge when they are answered.

I’m going to do better!


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. I’m going to do better! Amen.

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