Reading: Luke 18: 1-8
Persistence is almost a lost art. Society is so fast-paced and we desire instant gratification. We have information at our fingertips that comes as soon as we type into our smart phone’s search engine. We can watch the television show or movie of our choice practically anywhere at any time. We can call or text or message someone whenever no matter where they are around the world. Now, now, now.
Yet at times we do demonstrate perseverance and persistence. If it is something we really want. When I was in high school and wanted a guitar, I saved and saved, persistently, until I had enough to buy that guitar. I did the same thing, sacrificing along the way, so I could buy that engagement ring. People will still persevere today if it is for something they really want.
These things are true in our prayer life as well. We can be as persistent as the widow if it is something very important to us. We can pray and pray and pray for that new job or that acceptance to that college or for the healing for ourselves or someone near and dear to us. We can pray like the widow when we find ourselves or someone we love in an ‘unjust’ situation. Yet in all of these things, we still want God to act quickly. But we will persevere in some of our prayers.
When we are persistent in our prayers, it builds up our faith. Persistent prayer reminds us of our reliance and dependence on God. It reminds us of God’s sovereignty over all of creation. But our persistent prayer should not be just for the really big things. Yes, we should pray fervently for the desires of our hearts and for justice, nut we should persistently lift all thing, big and small, to God. There is nothing too small and nothing too big for God! May we pray all things into God’s presence.