Summary: When we pray persistently to the Lord it does not mean we are lacking in faith or doubting that He would ever answer us because we are doing what we are called to do.
Michael Jordan is probably the greatest basketball player in the history of the game, and at one time he was asked about the so-called secret of his success. And Mr. Jordan answered by saying; “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I am so successful.” Mr. Jordan tells us in plain English that the key to his success was persistence.
And here we have a parable given by the Lord Jesus Christ, of a woman who kept coming to a judge, asking for vindication. This parable is better known as, “The Parable of the Unjust Judge” and it follows a discussion in the 17th chapter of Luke dealing with the return of Christ. Which lets us know from the very beginning that there is a great need for perseverance in our prayer life, it helps to remind us that we are not stressing God by coming to Him again and again with an issue we have.
When we pray persistently to the Lord it does not mean we are lacking in faith or doubting that He would ever answer us. To the contrary, persistent prayer shows God how much we rely solely on Him and not ourselves or anyone else. It shows that we know that He is the only One who can fix it. In fact, Jesus us right from the start, “…that men ought to always pray and not faint;” The children of God are to pray and just keep on praying until Christ returns no matter how long He may be delayed.
If your desire is not fulfilled today, tomorrow, next week, next month, or next year - persist, because persistency will pay off after while. Your prayers will be answered if you don’t give up. Here in the text we have a poor widow and an unjust judge.
1.) There Was The Unjust Judge – (V.2)
In America today we have some very fine, dedicated, and skilled prosecuting attorneys and judges. Unfortunately however, there are also a few corrupt ones who grace or rather disgrace our courtrooms across the nation. A dishonest judge can ignore evidence, twist rules and procedure, obstruct the record, retaliate, manufacture facts or ignore others, allow infirm claims or dismiss valid ones, deny admission of evidence prejudicial to the favored party, suborn perjury, mischaracterize pleadings, engage in ex parte communication and misapply the law. No I am not a lawyer but I do how to research. I have discovered that a judge has almost unimaginable power over anyone who stands before him or her. Eventhough it was our forefather’s intention that the Congress should decide what the law would be, sometimes right under Congress’s nose, an unjust judge can manipulate and circumvent a particular case to go in the direction that he or she personally desires for it to go—thank God that not every judge in America today operates in this manner.
And thank God for appeals and other instruments of the law that keeps all of us in check. However, the unjust judge in this parable was not under the same constraints that today’s judges and prosecuting attorneys are under by the federal government.