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! But when the Son of Man returns, how many will he find on the earth who have faith?”
Faith is why we pray. We believe God exists, has the power to intervene on our behalf, loves us and wants to give us justice. “…God will surely give justice to his chosen people who cry out to him day and night? …” Jesus words tell us this. Our faith determines then, our perseverance? Do we give up? Do we stop praying? Do we pray, ask for His intervention, then take matters into our own hands? “…One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up. …” The widow believed if she continued to plead, she would get results. Do we truly believe? Christ asks will he find faith on earth when he returns?
Do we follow through on our prayers, not in taking matters into our own hands but in our expressions of faith? Or are we crippled by our circumstances? “ …Jesus told his disciples… that they should always pray and never give up. …” Can others continue to see the joy of salvation upon us or are we like the rest of our world, brought down by our situations? What part does our belief, our faith, our prayers play in our body language, our words? Can those we have daily contact with tell we are not bound by the things of this life? Can they tell we pray because we believe, therefore we are not brought down? Does depression or joy play across our faces? Will Christ find faith on earth when he returns?