Have you ever had times when praying seemed like an exercise in futility? Where heaven seems silent, and the requests you’ve made fall to the floor making no discernible difference? How do you feel, if you’ve faced those times? Ever feel like giving up…ever just stop praying just so you wont get disappointed? I had a friend who didn’t want to pray about a matter for that very reason; “If I don’t ask, I won’t feel bad when nothing happens.”
Prayer can be a frustrating experience…but what’s interesting to me is that Jesus seems to anticipate that it WILL be hard. The parable we’ll be reading in Luke 18:1-8 is one Jesus tells to encourage us not to give up praying, even though things don’t seem to change right away.
It’s a pretty self explanatory story. What observations do you take away from this story? What does it mean to you that Jesus compares his followers to a widow? If God is greater than the unjust judge, what do we understand about God in the contrast? How do these things encourage us not to lose heart…to keep on praying?
This Sunday is Surf N Grill…lets pray for the weather to be accommodating! Hope to see you there!