Eighteenth Sunday of Trinity 27-10-19

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The Parable of the Widow and the Unjust Judge

Luke 18.1-8

Then Jesus[a] told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart. He said, ‘In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor had respect for people. In that city there was a widow who kept coming to him and saying, “Grant me justice against my opponent.” For a while he refused; but later he said to himself, “Though I have no fear of God and no respect for anyone, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will grant her justice, so that she may not wear me out by continually coming.”’[b] And the Lord said, ‘Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God grant justice to his chosen ones who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long in helping them? I tell you, he will quickly grant justice to them. And yet, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?’

 

Prayer is a bridge through which we reach out to God. While we know that God is always with us and knows everything that we undergo and experience. Yet Jesus invites us to pray – to seek Gods help and Gods intervention. The ground of prayer is love. We reach out to God because we love God and we also know that God loves us. Jesus makes it much more intimate as he tells us to ask God as God is our loving parent and we cry out Abba Father. This is actually what he did all through his life which inspires us to cry out to God calling and crying Abba Father.

Martin Luther says “To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.”

Soren Kierkegaard a modern theologian says that “Prayer does not change God, but it changes him who prays.”

The great evangelist Billy Graham said that “The Christian life is not a constant high. I have my moments of deep discouragement. I have to go to God in prayer with tears in my eyes, and say, ‘O God, forgive me,’ or ‘Help me.'”

Mother Teresa said that “God speaks in the silence of the heart. Listening is the beginning of prayer.”

Therefore prayer is essential for Christian life and that in all times we simply pray.

Jesus today in the Gospel passage tells us that we should be persistent in prayer. Even an unjust judge wanted to respond to the person who kept on coming to him asking for justice and he responded. While God is so perfect and just will answer prayers.

The bible is full of prayers of people in various circumstances. Some of the prayers are simply anguish poured out to God when people were helpless or troubled. Bible also witnesses to what actually happened to the prayers of the people.

No prayer goes unanswered however the answer or help that our God provides could be what we actually expect and sometimes what we don’t expect. The answer to prayer is a surprise.

The answer sometimes is immediate and sometimes it comes at a very different time at an unexpected time. Prayer and patience go together. Prayer and patience define our faith and that is what is faith in God.

The writer to the Hebrews exhorts the church, ‘And without faith it is impossible to please God, for whoever would approach him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.’ Hebrews 11.6

Let us open our hearts and minds and our soul to God in prayer.