ONE WHO ANSWERS!
“And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them?” (Luke 18:7)
Our God is one who answers. He not only listens to our prayers but also remains as one who answers them. The Psalmist says with glee, “In the day when I cried out, you answered me” (Psalm 138:3).
Jesus told a parable to prepare you to pray persistently until the answer is received, without getting discouraged. In Luke, 18th chapter, the incident of a widow demanding justice from a judge finds place. What do some people think? They are of the false view that “It is not easy to receive the answer from God. He will be sitting like a silent saint. We should never leave him until he answers. We have to go to him every now and then and disturb him.”
What is your faith? Your prayer of faith is that “He listens to the prayer.” God listens to your prayer even when you make it for the first time itself. After this, what you have to do is that you should believe that He has answered your prayer and should keep on praising Him joyfully. God will definitely answer it.
In the parable told by God, the widow persistently demands justice from the judge. But he was neither God-fearing nor respected any man. This judge is not equivalent to God. The judge has not been compared to God. This is a parable told in the negative sense. The judge did not have a mind to concede the request of the widow and many days passed by. Then what made him render justice? He told to himself that the widow was troubling him often and was making him weary by continually coming to him and initiated to avenge her.
The relationship between you and God is not like the one between the judge and the widow. It is a sweet relationship like that of the one between a father and a son. You can reach Him at any time. You can boldly approach the throne of grace at any time. The reason is that you are the children of the King of kings. If a widow is able to receive justice from a judge who did not fear God, how true it is for you to receive the answer from God who is so compassionate on you! God will definitely answer you.
“Then you shall call and the Lord will answer; you shall cry and He will say, ‘Here I am.’ “If you take away the yoke from your midst the pointing of the finger and speaking wickedness” (Isaiah 58:9).
To meditate: “Call to me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know” (Jeremiah 33:3).