Today’s Gospel reading is one of my favorite texts in the Bible. It’s sometimes called the Unjust Judge and is found in Matthew 18: 1-7. Listen to what it says:
1 Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart. 2He said, ‘In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor had respect for people. 3In that city there was a widow who kept coming to him and saying, “Grant me justice against my opponent.” 4For a while he refused; but later he said to himself, “Though I have no fear of God and no respect for anyone, 5yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will grant her justice, so that she may not wear me out by continually coming.” ’ 6And the Lord said, ‘Listen to what the unjust judge says. 7And will not God grant justice to his chosen ones who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long in helping them?
This is a great parable about how much we should pray. So, this judge did not fear God, not respect people. And this widow kept coming to him, and coming to him, and coming to him, and coming to him, to point where he said – fine! I don’t like you, or God, but you won’t leave me alone and I’m sick of it, I’ll grant you justice.
That’s how we should pray. We should pray in the same manner. We should pray consistently. We should pray with purpose. We should pray believing that God will hear us and will act.
We should pray with that type of faith and persistence that the widow prayed with. Because here’s the thing. In this parable, the judge didn’t care. He only granted the request because she would not stop bothering him.
That’s not who God is. God loves you. God cares for you. God wants you to know Him, to love Him, and for us to love one another.
So, don’t feel bad about praying for the things that are truly only your heart. Don’t feel bad about bringing the same thing to God over and over again. Don’t feel bad about bearing your heart to God. Don’t feel bad about any of this.
Keep praying. Keep bring it to Him. Keep seeking His face. Keep believing. Keep seeking. Keep chasing.
This unjust judge who didn’t even love people granted her request because she kept coming to him.
How much more will our loving God hear our prayers today? Today, keep praying.