Ramola, a poor widow had lost her husband years back. She not only lost her only companion in life, but also all that she had to call her property, by her so-called relatives who overpowered her and seized it from her. There was no help that she could find except the head of the small Village that she lived in.
Unfortunately, the Man was not a good leader. He was selfish and inclined to enjoy life on His own without caring for the needs of his people. When this widow approached him, he turned nothing but a deaf ear to her. She was compelled to get out of his presence every time she went to him, just because he was too busy for her doing nothing at all.
The woman would go silently after trying hard to talk to him. Yet she would return the very next day and would go home without even seeing the face of the judge. This went on for a whole year. Though she was mocked by the people around her, though the judge hated to see her face, though men chased her away mercilessly, though she found no answer for one whole year, she kept persisting. She kept going to him.
Her body might have been weak, but her heart was strong. She was a persistent lady never giving up on what she wanted. She wanted justice and she was going to get it done no matter what.
As days went on this Head of the Village who had neither the fear of God, nor care for the people saw how annoying the widow was and called her to listen to her plea. He did not stop with that. He saw to it that what she wanted was done for her, putting to shame all those who spoke against her, who mocked her and cheated her.
Now, that was just a paraphrase of the parable Jesus mentions in Luke 18. Jesus tells this to make his disciples understand that they need to be persistent in prayer and not give up.
A selfish Judge could do justice for a widow just because she kept going to him. How much more will we get justice done through persistent prayer, being the Children of God, His chosen ones?
My dear friend, if you are in a situation where you feel justice is not done to you, you don’t have what you should be having, you feel miserable with the feeling of having lost everything in life, may it be materialistic, spiritual, emotional or physical, there is a way you can have what you want, if only if it is not out of God’s will for you.
It is through prayer!
Jesus was a man of prayer, and He wants us to pray without ceasing too. May be we don’t see the results right away, but we will someday, but we just should not give up.
There is nothing we cannot do, we cannot face, if we constantly keep submitting it to God in prayer. What cannot be achieved by any other means can be achieved by fervent and persistent prayer.
If you’ve been praying long enough for something and are about to give up or you have already, let me encourage you my friend, get back on your knees and pray, for there is no other way. And all your prayers are soon to be rewarded. In a way better than you ever imagined or can, for the judge is your heavenly Father who is in favour of you. Keep going to Him. He wants you to persist.