Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart…. Luke 18:1 It is natural to want to give up whenever we encounter a seemingly insurmountable problem. The reasons are not far-fetched. The adversary often flashes the wrong pictures before us. Then, we pray expecting to see immediate results. The truth is, it does not always come as fast as we expect.
The Lord Jesus knew that as men we would readily give up in the face of delayed expectations. He therefore took time to talk to His disciples on the need, and how best, to hang on. In our text, He taught them that men always ought to pray and not lose heart.
Considering the root of the key words, what this phrase implies is: if you do not pray, you will be frustrated; if you do not pray, your dreams will be aborted; if you do not pray, you will become cowardly; if you do not pray, you will give up. The Living Bible renders it as, “… keep praying until the answer comes.”
Jesus gave a parable to buttress the fact that the Lord, to whom we pray, always answers prayers. A certain widow, He said, was in the same city with a certain judge who did not fear God nor regard man. And it was from this unjust judge the widow wanted to get justice over her adversary.
Initially, it looked like a brass heaven over her head as he refused to attend to her. However, she got her request due to her persistence. The question is, what if she had given up because she did not get what she wanted instantly?
Is it not amazing that in your numerous encounters with the challenges of life one side always gives in? It is either you win or the challenges win. You never can tell how close you were to your breakthrough at the point you gave up. Most often, it is at the fringes of their much-sought-after breakthroughs that men give up.
The conclusion of this parable was a definite assurance that God answers the prayers of His saints. If we pray, but do not seem to have an immediate answer, the divine principle is to keep praying until it comes. It then becomes an obstinate persistence. That is what we call faith. It is a firm belief that the Lord will sooner or later reveal His mighty arm in your situation.
If you are at the verge of giving up right now, the Lord would have me tell you: pray, and keep at it until the answer comes. God answers the prayers of His saint. So don’t give up.
Now, can you honestly say that you are one of the saints whom God is bound by covenant to answering their prayers? If you are not, you can become one by inviting Jesus Christ into your heart. Please pray this prayer:
Heavenly Father, I thank You for giving up Your Son Jesus Christ that I might have life. Today, I ask that You forgive my sins. I confess Jesus my Lord and personal Saviour. Thank You, Lord, for saving me. In Jesus’ name I have prayed. Amen.