Summary: We should pray persistently

Don’t Ever Give Up

Our scripture reading for today is called the parable of the persistent widow. The

widow is persistent. Now let’s see, just what does persistent mean? According to

the dictionary, persistent means to be insistent in a statement or request, to stand

firm permanently in spite of opposition; persevering. Constantly repeated;

continued. Yeah, I think the widow qualifies as persistent. She continued to come

before the judge, constantly repeating her request for justice. She refused to give up.

Persistence is a common theme throughout the Bible.

O my God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, by night, and am not silent.

Psalm 22:2

But I call to God, and the LORD saves me. Evening, morning and noon I cry out in

distress, and he hears my voice. Psalm 55:16-17

Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I call to you all day long. Psalm 86:3

I call to you, O LORD, every day; I spread out my hands to you. Psalm 88:9

In Luke 11, a friend comes at midnight for 3 loaves of bread but the one inside tells

him to go away. Because of the friends persistence, the one inside gets up and gives

him as much as he needs.

John 5:1-8 The invalid spent 38 years trying to be healed in the pool.

Acts 5:42 “Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never

stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Christ.”

Persistence..... the parable of the widow isn’t the only story of persistence in the


You know, people often tell me they don’t understand parables, but we don’t have

that problem with this one. Luke tells us "up front" what Jesus means by this

parable. This story is to prompt us 1) TO "LIVE IN GOD’S FACE" in that we bring

every burden and every joy to Him. This is totally foreign to those who don’t know

our God. But it is the way He has designed that His people should live. This story is

also to encourage us 2) NOT TO GIVE UP! God intends that we should lean on

Him-- depend on Him in the spiritual warfare that is the reality of life. I’ve talked to

many people who believe the saying: “God will never give us more than we can

handle.” I used to believe that, too, but I now believe that, sometimes, God gives us

more than we can handle, so we can learn to lean on Him.

Point: If an unjust judge eventually listens to widow, how much more quickly will a

caring, loving God respond to one of His children..

We can have more assurance in these contrasts: Widow: a stranger. Us: His elect.

Widow: one. Us: many. Widow: facing an unjust judge. Us: righteous Father.

Widow: On her own. Us: God is for us. Widow: Pleads her own case. Us: We

have an Advocate. Widow: No promise of an answer. Us: Promise of an answer

given. Widow: limited access. Us: unlimited access(can pray to God anytime).

Widow: Asking provoked judge. Us: Asking delights God

Notice that this widow kept coming to the judge with her petition. Here is a picture

of persistence. She could have said:

I am not important enough for the judge to listen to me.

The Judge is too busy to listen to me.

He won’t do anything anyway.

He isn’t powerful enough to change things.

He just doesn’t care.

I just don’t care. It’s mind over matter. If I don’t mind it doesn’t matter.

Now, we do not know who this widow was, but it was not uncommon in that day

for a widow to have an adversary who was trying to take advantage of her. She may

not have had any family. A widow in those days was pretty defenseless. Someone

may have been trying to get her money or cheat her out of her land.

In any case, she had an adversary; she had a problem, and this judge was her only

hope. This widow was gripped by her request. So she came. "Grant me justice

against my adversary," she said. Continually she called to him. “Grant me

justice.” But she was talking to a hard man.

Let’s look at this judge. It says that he was a man who neither feared God nor

cared about men. This may mean that he wasn’t a Jew since Jews had a holy

respect and fear for God. It seems that he was very secure in his position and in his

authority because he did not care what men said.

Those who came before him, came fearfully unless they had a bribe, or great power

and influence. But the widow came. And when He did not act, she came again.

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