In the parable of the persistent widow, Jesus teaches us that prayer is not just a one-off matter. Although he encourages us that our heavenly Father will hear our prayer, he also leaves no doubt that we may need to pray repeatedly and persistently until we receive our answer. If you have been praying for someone or something and are still waiting for God to answer, this is for you. Do not lose heart, do not be discouraged! Persist just as the widow persisted!
Faith matters most when when we go through hard times. When we experience dryness and discouragement. When we actually cannot see “the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living”.
A deep understanding of God’s thoughts and character will form in us when we grow in our relationship with Him. As a result we develop a greater sense of security and purpose – we know we are secure in His hand and that He always wants the best for us.
Is Jesus our First Love? How earnestly do we seek Jesus, how deep is our desire after him? Like the bride in the Song of Solomon, we need to pursue him and his presence relentlessly.