A Hang-Tough Widow

Chic Broersma

READ : Luke 18:1-8

[God] will give justice to them speedily. (v. 8)

We can picture the judge having lunch with his circle of judicial friends. They swap stories. The judge complains about this haunting woman. I can imagine he hears her wailing even in his dreams.

She is a royal pain to the judge, but God is delighted by her persistence. God loves it when we will not let go of him in our prayers. The simple point of this parable is: don’t quit. Jesus urges, “Keep on asking and it will be given you; keep on seeking and you will find; keep on knocking [reverently] and [the door] will be opened to you” (Matt. 7:7 AMP). Such prayer isn’t for the timid. It’s for the desperate on their knees. You’ve been there.

Jesus points us to the heart of God. If a hardened, cynical, comfort-seeking judge who neither fears God nor cares for people will finally act on the woman’s behalf, how much more will our heavenly Father hear and act upon our cries for help.

Jesus promises that God will act quickly. We may be asking, “How quick is quickly?” The apostle Peter reminds us that “with the Lord one day is as a thousand years” (2 Peter 3:8). It takes faith in God to go on praying when answers are not showing up.

We want answers quickly, but Jesus has a different concern. Speaking of himself, he wonders aloud, “When the Son of man comes, will he find faith on earth?” (Luke 18:18).

PRAYER

Lord, teach me to pray like the widow.