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Today's Gospel: Luke 18:1-8
“Luke’s Travel Narrative” is how scholars often refer to this part of the Gospel in which we hear about Jesus and His followers walking to Jerusalem.
Reading today’s Gospel in that light gave me a different appreciation for Jesus’ parable. For nine chapters now they have been traveling through villages, and all the while Jesus has been instructing, healing, admonishing and teaching through stories. What mother cannot relate to that from our own family trip memories?
With this story, we are told that Jesus‘ purpose is to teach us to pray without becoming weary.
For me, the thought of having to ask for help from a judge who does not “fear God” nor respect “any human being” inspires a great deal of anxiety. Why would such a judge look upon me and my request with kind concern? He certainly would not. So, could I possibly go before this judge over and over? I tremble at the thought. But this local widow does just that. And finally, he relents “because this woman keeps bothering me”, and he gives her a just decision.
Don’t we sometimes feel that we are “bothering” God with our incessant prayers? Jesus is telling us that the opposite is true. When we go to our Merciful Judge over and over asking for help for our loved ones, longing for personal growth, pleading for peace, or whatever our petitions may request, God hears and answers us.
Let us all take heart from Jesus’ travel story about the persistent widow. Jesus appears to equate her persistent prayer as a sign of faith. So, may we, in faith, “pray always without becoming weary.”
What is on my heart today for which I should pray with bold persistence?
Heavenly Father, our Merciful Judge, thank You for always hearing me when I pray. May Your Holy Spirit so encourage my heart that I may be able to pray boldly and persistently, without fear or fatigue.
Copyright 2020 Kathy Schober
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