Tuesday – March 6, 2018

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Luke 18:1-8

Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart. He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor had respect for people. In that city there was a widow who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Grant me justice against my opponent.’ For a while he refused; but later he said to himself, ‘Though I have no fear of God and no respect for anyone, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will grant her justice, so that she may not wear me out by continually coming.’” And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God grant justice to his chosen ones who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long in helping them? I tell you, he will quickly grant justice to them. And yet, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”

Reflect and Pray:

Luke guides us in the understanding and interpretation of this parable by saying it was “about their need to pray always and not to lose heart.”  Roman judges were known for their openness to taking bribes.  In this case, the widow had no stature or money, so it was her persistence to see justice that is shown.

Two important points of the parable are we should not lose faith, and not get out of the habit of talking to God. (Isn’t that what prayer is all about? It should be emphasized that prayer is a two-way conversation and being silent and listening is as important as talking.) In prayer we bring our life into the presence of God in an intentional way. The parable also challenges us to not become discourage and get out of the routine of prayer

Perhaps Luke is giving us this example as a part of our discipleship journey in following Christ.  We are partners of God – using our will and action we are to be persistent in making sure the Kingdom of God becomes a reality.  Think of specific things you can do today to make the Kingdom of God become a reality in someone else’s life.