“Yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me” (Luke 18:5).

God is not only the one to hear your prayers but also one to answer them. God told a parable to insist that one should always have to pray and not to lose heart.

In that parable, a widow approached a judge persistently and sought justice from her adversary. In the end, the judged obliged her for the reason that she had been persistently troubling him for justice and to avoid further trouble from her.

Many people who read this parable, wrongly construe that only if we trouble God persistently as the widow did, He will answer our prayers. But it is not so. He told this parable only to insist that one should always pray without getting weary.  

Look at that judge. How dry he was in his heart! The Scripture says, “.....a judge who did not fear God nor regard man” (Luke 18:2). It is because of this, the widow had to trouble him persistently to obtain justice.

But God is not such a hard-hearted person. He is merciful, compassionate and gracious. He has promised, “Call to me, and I will answer you” (Jeremiah 33:3). He will surely answer your prayers.

That widow might have been valued cheaply by society. She might not have in her possession any gift or bribe to be given to the judge in return. Only because of this, she had to visit the judge often and trouble him. Though he was not pleased to give her judgment, her frequent visits frustrated him and thus he decided to give judgement to her to avoid her further visits which made him weary.

Dear children of God, you have been the dear ones to Him. He is the one to show love towards you and to answer you. The relationship between you and God is not like the one between that hard-hearted judge and the widow. It is a relationship between an affectionate father and a loving child. When a widow can get the answer from a judge who is not God-fearing, how true it is for a child to get an answer from its father!     

To meditate: “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).

Daily BreadJoshua Jebadurai