Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.
As a children’s pastor, a favorite song was “Pray,” by Mary Rice Hopkins and Gary Hopkins. “Pray” tells how Daniel, Jonah, Abraham, Sarah, and Jesus faced every challenge with prayer. The chorus states when we need a friend, are in trouble, or need to talk to someone, we pray. The answer is always pray.
In the parable, an unrighteous judge is worn down by the repeated requests of a widow. Jesus reminds the disciples that our righteous God responds speedily to his people (Luke 18:8). We do not coerce God by repetitious prayer. When we pray our heartfelt concerns, God responds, accomplishing his good purpose in us. We pray, pray often, and pray concerning the same things, not convincing him of our need, but bringing ourselves into harmony with his will, learning to trust him. Consider how much more abundantly our God will respond than will an unrighteous judge! The answer in every circumstance, for every need, and every day, is pray.
Lord, thank you for deeming every need and concern worthy of your time. May our lives be punctuated by trusting, continual prayer, knowing that you eagerly respond according to your will for our lives, our homes, and our church.
Prayer Journal Reflections
What is the Holy Spirit saying to you today about the Lord’s protection, direction, and revelation for your life and the life of the church?
—Virgil Askren, District Superintendent, Colorado