“Now He was telling them a parable to show them that at all times they ought to pray and not to lose heart” Luke 18:1 (NASB)
One day Jesus was telling His disciples a parable about a widow who consistently approached a judge seeking protection from her adversary. The judged refused. She was of no concern to him, this widow with no social standing; what benefit could he possibly get from helping her? Day after day she approached him and begged for relief from her persecutor. She was so persistent, the judge dreaded seeing her approach. Eventually, he became so weary of her pleas he granted her protection. This unrighteous judge finally did the right thing because of the widow’s persistence (Luke 18:2-5). Jesus made the contrast that God, unlike the earthly unrighteous judge, is a Righteous Judge and told the disciples they were the elect; favored in God’s eyes. God would hear their cry and He would answer them because He longed to act on their behalf (Luke 18:7-8).
Jesus shared this parable with His disciples because He knew life was going to get a lot harder for them. They would witness the injustice of the world and the horrors of Jesus’ crucifixion. They would long to have fellowship with Him again as they did when He walked on the earth. Jesus knew the disciples’ own persecution was coming in the near future. All this was weighing heavily on His heart when He used the parable of the unjust judge to emphasize the loving justice of His Heavenly Father. He encouraged them to pray so that they would persevere through faith.
Have you become discouraged lately? Are you on the brink of giving up? Suffering some injustice, are you reluctant to approach our Righteous Judge? Hold on to your faith and approach God in full assurance that He hears you. Know that He longs to act on your behalf. Prayer is your remedy for discouragement. Persevere in your faith and “Don’t lose heart!”
By Karen Aker