Read through the Gospels in a Year: Luke 18:1-8
Read the New Testament in a Year: 2 Timothy 3:1-9
“There was a widow … who kept coming to the judge with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’” —Luke 18:3

Widows were often vulnerable in the ancient world, with very few rights, no one to advocate for them, and no one to care for them in their old age. The judge in today’s story wielded power and authority that was supposed to dispense justice for all. But the judge did not honor God or human opinion. Although it felt like a hopeless situation, the widow was annoying and persisted each day with the same request for justice. Finally, the judge became so tired of her pleading that he decided her case.

Jesus told this parable to show his followers that “they should always pray and not give up.” Jesus tells this story to teach us about God. If a judge like the one in the parable gives way to the pleas of a helpless widow, how much more will God listen to the prayers of his people and bring about their deliverance! God will surely come to the aid of those who cry out to him. He cares deeply for the helpless, the vulnerable, and the needy.

How persistent are you in prayer? If a good-for-nothing judge can be swayed by persistent pleading, we can be certain that God will respond to our constant prayers.