Luke 18:1-8 "Then Jesus[a] 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?” "
Reflection. Is this a lesson about being persistent in prayer, or is it a comparison between God and an unjust judge. "How long, O Lord, how long?' is a theme we read often in the psalms.
It feels to me that Jesus is saying that God will respond rapidly to those who cry out to him. God will not delay long in helping his chosen ones. That's encouraging isn't it!
And yet, Jesus asks that even when God responds quickly to our prayers, will he find faith on earth. Let's pray He will!
Pray. Lord Jesus, we believe and trust in you. How Long, O Lord, how long. We cry out to you. In your name. Amen.