Working at belonging
Luke 18: 1-7
One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up. “There was a judge in a certain city,” he said, “who neither feared God nor cared about people. A widow of that city came to him repeatedly, saying, ‘Give me justice in this dispute with my enemy.’ The judge ignored her for a while, but finally he said to himself, ‘I don’t fear God or care about people, but this woman is driving me crazy. I’m going to see that she gets justice, because she is wearing me out with her constant requests !’”
Then the Lord said, “Learn a lesson from this unjust judge. Even he rendered a just decision in the end. So don’t you think God will surely give justice to his chosen people who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off ? I tell you, he will grant justice to them quickly !”
I’m struggling a bit with this lesson in perseverance, Lord.
You see, I was brought up not to make a nuisance of myself.
I always thought that having faith, meant praying for something and then leaving it with you. Waiting patiently for a response.
Now I can see that you meant something different, Lord.
I see that prayer is not my chance to present you with a To Do List -
I don’t want to pester you about the things that are bothering me, but I can see that if I persevere, there is more opportunity for us to work things out together –
Or for me to grasp what you want me to do –
how to be the answer to my own prayer !
Help me not to give up on prayer, so that through our time together, we can make a real difference to this world,
and my understanding of it.
Show me how regular prayer belongs in my life, if I belong to you –
Daily conversations are as important as eating and drinking.