I was reading and reflecting on the parable of the Persistent Widow from Luke 18:1-8 yesterday. I found it interesting.
In verse one it says that Jesus told the parable “to show them that they should always pray and not give up.” It then goes on to describe the poor widow who had been harshly treated and repeatedly went back to the judge to receive justice.
We see that even though the judge was not a God-fearing man and was described as not caring, he granted her request. It sounds like she was driving him crazy with her constant requests (v5)!
In verse 7 Jesus moves this story to God and asks the questions “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?”
Because God is a good God, and not like the evil judge, we know He will. Jesus promises He will bring justice quickly.
The thing I find interesting in this parable is found right at the end. In the second part of verse 8 Jesus says, “However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”
While this parable is a parable to encourage us to continue in prayer and not give up, I believe Jesus’ question at the end is the more important one.
I believe Jesus is asking how many people will be found faithful when He returns? How many people will persist to the end and hold firm in their faith and trust in God?
So today I would encourage you to be persistent in prayer, keep trusting God and purpose in your heart to be found faithful when Jesus returns.