“Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart.” (Luke 18:1, NKJV)
In Luke 18:1-8, Jesus taught us how to pray to receive answers. He told the story of the unjust judge and the widow who persistently came to him requesting justice against an adversary.
When Jesus told this parable, women were looked down upon by the culture of the times. They could only speak to men in their immediate family circle or relatives. Only a man could speak for her. This woman had no man to speak for her, so she was on her own and had to fight her own battles. It was easy for men in authority to ignore her and in this case to discount her plea. But this did not keep the widow from coming to the judge to plead her case. She persisted in appealing to him for help until he grew weary of her coming. He said to himself, this woman is bothering me. I will take up her case to remove her from being a nuisance to me. I will pass judgment on her adversary.
Remember, Jesus was teaching His disciples about prayer when He told this parable to them and to us. He shows us through this story that we must not give up but to continue in prayer for our needs and for those for whom we pray.
I recall the story told by Verbal Bean about a mother who prayed for son to be saved. God gave her a promise that her son would be saved. In the meantime, he went to war still without God in his life. He was listed as missing in action. The mother kept praying. She wouldn’t give up. She said, “God gave me a promise and I am going to pray until God saves my son.” Time went by, the war was over, and still no word from her son. One day there came a knock on her door. When she opened the door, there stood her son. He had been held as a prisoner of war and had just returned home. It wasn’t long before he gave his heart to the Lord, and the mother received her promise from God. She prayed many years but never gave up on God’s promise that her son would be saved.
As women and mothers of prayer today, let us never give up praying for our children. Even as the widow persistently appealed to the judge for intervention on her behalf, let us persistently appeal to God for the salvation of our children. Every prayer counts.
(Information from: Ladies Prayer Intl September 2020 Newsletter – UPCI LM – firstname.lastname@example.org)