persist and pray
“Listen to what the corrupt judge has to say.” —Luke 18:6
Jesus doesn’t tell us to pay attention to what the widow says. He tells us to pay attention to what the corrupt judge says (Lk 18:6). One message of this parable is that persistent evil can be worn down by persistent good. Greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world (see 1 Jn 4:4). It may seem to us that there are strongholds of the evil one that cannot be defeated. Evil in our culture may seem to be as giant as Goliath (1 Sm 17:4ff). The widow might seem no more mighty than did the youth David; too small, too weak, no chance to be victorious. Thus, Jesus tells us to pay attention to the response of the judge, who is evil, powerful, and dishonest. The powerful judge is worn down by the seemingly helpless widow.
Evil may seem powerful, but it will not prevail. Therefore, be encouraged and persist in your prayers. If you pray for godly intentions that seem to be unanswered, realize that Jesus is telling you to persist in your prayer. He tells you to pray always and not lose heart (Lk 18:1). In fact, He even says this is a “necessity” (Lk 18:1). Do not lose heart. Pray without ceasing (1 Thes 5:17) and without losing heart.
Prayer: Father, You speak to me through Jesus (Heb 1:2). Bring me to a new dimension of prayer and trust.
Promise: “He led forth His people with joy; with shouts of joy, His chosen ones.” —Ps 105:43
Praise: Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, affectionately known as “Mother Cabrini,” has the distinction of being the first canonized United States citizen.
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