Luke 18:1-8: Now He was telling them a parable to show that at all times they ought to pray and not to lose heart, saying, “In a certain city there was a judge who did not fear God and did not respect man. There was a widow in that city, and she kept coming to him, saying, ‘ Give me legal protection from my opponent.'
For a while he was unwilling; but afterward, he said to himself, ‘Even though I do not fear God nor respect man, yet because this widow bothers me, I will give her legal protection, otherwise by continually coming she will wear me out. ‘” And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge said; now, will not God bring about justice for His elect who cry to Him day and night, and will He delay long over them? I tell you that He will bring about justice for them quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?
Let me ask you to seriously consider your prayer life this month. Jesus tells us here in Luke that our prayer life includes frequency, fervency, and expectation. We can conclude that prayer is to be our “dome” to be under during our entire life. Prayer is not just part of our life, not to be looked on as a spiritual event but more like breathing. Would frequency describe your prayer life? Consider fervency. Jesus tells us that we should not lose heart and give up before we get our request resolved. Do you really want your Heavenly Father to answer your request? Are your prayers lifted up displaying a passionate intensity refusing to give up until He answers your requests? Once placing our petitions before Him do you have such an assurance, an expectation that He hears you and He will answer you?
Robert Thompson has been the senior pastor of Chapel Woods Presbyterian Church in Snellville since May 2003. He graduated from Covenant Theological Seminary in 1986. Robert is also Chairman of the Board of Presbyterian Evangelistic Fellowship. He and his wife Wanda have been married for 43 years. They have three adult daughters, Amanda and twins Rebecca and Sarah. Amanda is married to Jerry Jones and they have three daughters of their own. Rebecca is married to Wesley Payton; they have two sons. Sarah is married to Mark Magdziarz and they have two daughters and two sons.