Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’
“For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’”
And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”
~ Luke 18:1-8
Ah, the parable of the persistent widow. This is so very much me right now.
I love that the widow didn’t give up – she kept heading back to bother the unrighteous judge with her plea. But even better, I really like that the judge’s reason for giving in to her was that he was worried she’d eventually come after and attack him!
When I read something like this, it offers great comfort to me, because this is how I’ve been approaching God a lot lately. I keep reminding Him of His promises. I keep pointing out things that I am doing to walk forward in faith. I’m basically the kid pulling on His hem, trying to make sure that He’s really listening, all the while repeating His name (teachers and parents of small children – you know exactly how this feels).
And I believe that Jesus included this parable to show us that it’s okay to feel like we have to do this. But even better, we are not bringing our pleas before an unjust judge – we are bringing our cries to our Heavenly Father who loves us.