Pray And Don’t Lose Heart
And he (Jesus) told them (disciples) a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart.
Fighting For A Good Cause
Please take a moment and read Luke 18:1-8. Right before Jesus tells the twelve disciples a parable (an earthly story with a heavenly meaning) he says the words “keep praying and don’t lose heart”. The reason he said these words was to encourage them to stay motivated. In the previous chapter (Luke 17:20-37) Jesus was speaking about his coming death, the end times and the coming of the Kingdom and it was bothering them. He knew it was troubling them.
Jesus tells a story that everyone could relate to. He tells of an unrighteous judge who did not fear God or man and would not help bring justice to a poor widowed woman. She was helpless and hopeless but she didn’t give up fighting for a good cause. Finally, out of distress, he grants her what she wanted. The reason he helped her was not because he wanted to do something good, it was selfishness because he was tired of being bothered by her everyday. He wanted to get rid of her and by granting her legal help she would leave him alone. Her persistence paid off.
Jesus told this story so Christians understand the urgency of persistent prayer and to never lose hope. He meant there would be times when you just want to give up and give in, but don’t! The Lord says keep praying, keep hoping and stay encouraged. He wanted them to realize they were fighting for a good cause.
Let this message saturate your life today. You are not fighting a losing battle. Jesus is victorious! Satan is going to be chained-up, lock-up, and cast-out. When Satan tries to discourage you, just remind him of that.
Praise Jesus for His victory over sin. There is power in prayer. Those who keep praying never lose hope. Those who lose hope are the ones who stop praying.