Luke 18:1-17

This parable speaks to us about to always pray and never give up.  The widow is the symbol of all who were poor and defenseless.  It is so very apparent that she had nothing and she didn’t think that she would get justice from the judge.  One thing that she did have in her corner was persistence.

 This speaks to us in a special way.  I have had opportunities to pray for a long period over things in my life.  I don’t always expect to get whatever I pray for.  God doesn’t reject my prayers but he does sometime reject my requests.  We do not know what is going to happen in the next few moments, or the next week, or the next month or year.  God knows what is best for us in the long run.  This does not mean that we should ever grow weary in prayer.  Our faith in Christ will never fail if after having voiced our prayers and our requests, we add the important following sentence prayer, Thy will be done.   This helps us refine and gives our prayers the direction that they need to go.  Continue in your prayers, be faithful, be persistent but realize that our Heavenly Father knows all.  We can gain comfort in that.

 The Pharisee did not go to pray to God.  He prayed with Himself.  The prayers of a faithful person are offered to God and God alone.  This Pharisee did not go to pray; he went to tell God how really wonderful and good he was.  This tells us that no one who is proud can really give a sincere prayer.   Who do you compare yourself with?  When we put our lives beside the life of Christ all that we can say is, “God be merciful to me-a sinner.”