The persistent, relentless faith of Bartimaeus, which we looked at briefly in the previous article, is a perfect introduction to the story we now turn to in Luke 18. Continue reading . . .
The persistent, relentless faith of Bartimaeus, which we looked at briefly in the previous article, is a perfect introduction to the story we now turn to in Luke 18.
And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man. And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor respect man, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.’” And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge says. And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” (Luke 18:1-8).
Some of the parables are hard to understand, but not this one. Its meaning is stated clearly right up front by our Lord: The purpose of the parable is to encourage them “always to pray” and never to “lose heart.” How easy it is for us to give up when our prayers aren’t immediately answered in the way we think they should be: we get discouraged, we lose our enthusiasm, we begin to doubt God, we see no reason ever to pray again, etc.
The two people in this parable couldn’t have been more different. They were at opposite ends of the social, political, economic, and spiritual spectrum. Let&rs