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The Parable of the Unjust Judge Luke 18:1-8

In Verse 1 Jesus begins the parable by stating that men should pray and not faint. Most people pray and expect immediate results, not keeping in mind that God’s time is not our time. “But beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day”, 2 Peter 3:8. God knows the exact moment to provide an answer to a prayer, or a “break-through” in our lives.

This parable emphasizes the power of persistence especially when praying. In order to be persistent in your pursuit you need faith to actually believe your efforts will be worth the time and energy used in your pursuit. Often times God may purposely delay an answer or blessing to test our faith. Why is faith so important? Hebrews 11: 6 states “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him”.

Jesus spoke in parables as a way to simplify his teachings to meet all levels of understanding. The Parable of the Unjust Judge speaks of a judge who claimed to have no fear for God, neither any regard for man. A widow stood before the judge asking to be avenged of her adversaries. The judge initially refused but after a while had a change or heart. “Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her lest by her continual coming she weary me”. Jesus concluded the parable by saying, “And the Lord said, hear what the unjust judge saith. And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? I tell you He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?” Luke 18:6-8

God wants us to keep the faith no matter the circumstance and amount of time it takes for our prayers to be answered.