The Challenge for 2018
1 Now He was telling them a parable to show that at all times they ought to pray and not to lose heart,
2 saying, “In a certain city there was a judge who did not fear God and did not respect man.
3 “There was a widow in that city, and she kept coming to him, saying, ‘Give me legal protection from my opponent.’
4 “For a while he was unwilling; but afterward he said to himself, ‘Even though I do not fear God nor respect man,
5 yet because this widow bothers me, I will give her legal protection, otherwise by continually coming she will bwear me out.’ ”
6 And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge *said;
7 now, will not God bring about justice for His elect who cry to Him day and night, and will He delay long over them?
8 “I tell you that He will bring about justice for them quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?”
1. Prayer is not a hidden agenda. (v. 1)
Jesus is not compared to an unrighteous judge. This parable is of the “how much more...” variety. If a wicked man will sometimes do good, even if from bad motives, how much more will God do right?
2. Prayer is meant to be persistent. (v. 2-5)
3. Prayer will be answered. (v. 6-8)
18 With all prayer and petition bpray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, dbe on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints,
19 and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel,