Do you get tired of praying for the same thing over and over?
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 about men. 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 about men, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually wear me out with her coming!’ ” 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
We can learn a LOT from this pesky woman:
1. She was specific in what she asked for. Put some thought into what you want and spend time talking to God about how you really feel. Don’t just timidly ask God to be with this and bless that. Be specific–God can handle any request you send His way!
2. She continued to ask and plead although she had been told ‘no.’ She wasn’t giving up. She had faith that the judge would grant her plea. Until it is absolutely obvious that your answer is no, you keep at it. Keep asking in faith.
3. She went to the one that could change her situation. I know it’s tempting to talk to your friends for advice. And to vent to your friends. And to run all of your options through your busy mind. There is only one that has absolute authority over your situation. And that’s who you need to talk to!
4. She was bold. Do you tell God what you really want? Are you confident that He will answer you? Or are you wishy washy and afraid that he isn’t listening, won’t answer, or doesn’t care? God already knows what you want before you approach Him. He knows the state of your heart before His name is on your lips. It makes zero sense to approach the throne without saying what you want to say because He already knows!
Prayer is not an old woman’s idle amusement. Properly understood and applied, it is the most potent instrument of action. –Mahatma Ghandi