So many times we fall to despair when our needs are not met. We cry, pray, reason and sometimes we stop praying altogether.
Today, I want to talk about something very important in our Christian journey.
Importunity in prayers.
I’d like us to quickly read this few verses of scripture. From Luke 18:1-8 MSB
1-3 Jesus told them a story showing that it was necessary for them to pray consistently and never quit. He said, “There was once a judge in some city who never gave God a thought and cared nothing for people. A widow in that city kept after him: ‘My rights are being violated. Protect me!’
4-5 “He never gave her the time of day. But after this went on and on he said to himself, ‘I care nothing what God thinks, even less what people think. But because this widow won’t quit badgering me, I’d better do something and see that she gets justice—otherwise I’m going to end up beaten black-and-blue by her pounding.’”
6-8 Then the Master said, “Do you hear what that judge, corrupt as he is, is saying? So what makes you think God won’t step in and work justice for his chosen people, who continue to cry out for help? Won’t he stick up for them? I assure you, he will. He will not drag his feet. But how much of that kind of persistent faith will the Son of Man find on the earth when he returns“
The verses above tells of the parable of the persistent widow.
The passage opens with a very important statement in the latter part of verse one.
“it was necessary for them to pray consistently and never quit”
Jesus was speaking with his disciples. We are Christ’s disciples today and I believe we should take his teachings to heart.
He was talking about the importance of praying consistently.
In other words he simply said men should always pray, push and never give up.
He then went on to tell the story.
Have you been knocking and the door has not been opened?
Have you asked and you have not received?
Are you almost giving up with that request of yours?
Today Jesus is admonishing you and I.
Don’t give up!
Keep on pressing!
Be importunate in your prayers.
Importunity means, a constant and insistent demand.
Whenever Jesus told stories or spoke in parables, he wanted us to learn important lessons.
From the story we see that the widow kept troubling, disturbing, she kept on coming to this UNJUST JUDGE who had no regard for God and man.
On the streets or at his gates. In his courtroom and in the fields. Wherever they met, her one request was this.
“My rights are being violated. Protect me!” It didn’t even matter if he was with someone or not. When he was not out in the open, she sought him out.
She badgered him so much that this human who had no human sympathy and feeling, the unjust Judge, who had no problem being conveniently and comfortably vile had to give up.
“I’d better do something about it. I’d better see to it that she gets the justice she so much wants” he thought to himself one day when her disturbance became incessant.
Have we actually disturbed God with our request up to this point?
Well Jesus himself said, “Cast your burdens on me” at another time he said “Ask and you will receive”
The truth is that he still says this things to us. The word of God is ever living, ever fresh.
Is God unjust?
Is God a mortal?
Is God that heartless and unfeeling?
He says, “I love you with an everlasting love” in another place, it is written that God is touched with our feelings, he shares our pains.
Would such a God who loves us so much that he gave his all just decide to close his ears to our prayers?
God is not deaf that he cannot hear.
Infact in verse 7 it says, “So what makes you think God won’t step in and work justice for his chosen people, who continue to cry out for help? Won’t he stick up for them?”
He asked us to ask in the first place.
He surely will come to your aid.
Receive hope and faith today.
Don’t stop asking!
Keep on asking!
Keep hope alive!
PRAY UNTIL SOMETHING HAPPENS!