Pray Fervently Just Like the Persistent Widow

Posted on 21-Nov-2014

Written by Corporal Brendan Eu Che-Jie of 12th Kuala Lumpur Company

October 25th, 2014

In the parable of the persistent widow, Jesus told his disciples about a story of a woman to show them that they should always pray and not give up. As Jesus said in Luke 18:2-8 (NIV), ".. In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared for what people thought. And there was a widow in that town that kept coming to him with the plea. 'Grant me justice against my adversary. ‘For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, 'Even though I don't fear God or care what people think, yet because this widow keeps on bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won't eventually come and attack me!'" And the Lord said, "Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?".

So as the parable shows, the widow pleads the judge but the judge does not care for her and procrastinates. It depicts the attitude of someone that is uncaring and selfish which do things only for him himself, and is sure to fail later in his life because of the rotten personality he has. The judge’s job is to bring justice but he does not do so. This also shows that God will not do so to his people because he is not man as every human has a certain degree of selfishness and God is almighty and answers the cry of men. A Christian leader’s job is to work towards that hope at all times.

The parable also says that John the Baptist's teaching that holding a position of power and leadership obligates you to work justly, especially on behalf of the poor and weak. Jesus focuses on the parable on a different point that we are "to pray always and to not lose heart". He identifies the hearers with the woman and the prayed-to person with the corrupt judge as a strange combination. It tells us that we must never give up and to encourage us to have faith against all kind of odds. He can bring miraculous justice to a corrupt world, just as the Lord has brought miraculous healing to the sick world. For me, God will bring us justice towards the crooked world if we frequently pray and never give up in all that we do. If the judge was God, he will never say what the judge had said, and think how the judge has thought.
As humans, we must never give up on our hopes and work for the better. We must have faith in him and he will answer us and give us the best he could give. This is the reason we must give trust in Him and don’t think for once that He is not responding to our call, but was planning to beautify our lives.
Back in my Company, and I am sure the same applies to all BB Companies where we emphasise on the prayer to our Members and that being persistent is the key sometimes.

Through the parable, it is important to know that God does not intervene when the widow is pleading for her own justice, but her persistence plays an important role to gain what she wants. So it tells us to not expect God to help us by just sitting there and wait for God to babysit us. That is why we should also work hard for it only then God will lend out a hand to us. Jesus told us that we must treat others justly just as how God had treated us. With that, this is the message of the parable - truly an important one more so in the work in the BB.

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