The Persistent Widow 

My wife, Fionnuala, is many things. Loyal, loving, forgiving, practical and incredibly patient to name but a few. The latter has come in particularly handy since marrying me. She is also persistent. Some men might call this nagging. But not me. Because I value my life.

She asks me to do ‘stuff’. I don’t do it. She persists. I still don’t do it. She continues to persist. This often involves persisting loudly (shouting) and inducements (thinly veiled threats). I normally cave in at that point.

Persistence is defined as ‘continuing firmly or obstinately in an opinion or course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition.’ Which brings me to Luke Chapter18:1-8 where Jesus tells the Parable of the Persistent Widow.

You can read it again (or for the first time) yourself but it is the story of a poor widow who nagged (I mean persisted with) a hard hearted judge until he threw his hands up in exasperation, muttered ‘whatever’ and granted her justice in her case.


Jesus used this parable to teach us the importance of persisting in prayer. If the aforementioned judicial Scrooge eventually listened to the widow then how much more likely is our loving God. He might not do so in the way we want, or at the pace we want, but he will always hear our prayers and answer them with our best interests at heart.

All we have to do is persist. Prayer does work and can change lives. Fionnuala and I would like to pray for you tonight. All you have to do is leave a comment detailing your prayer request. You can tell us as much or as little as you feel comfortable with. 

Philippians 4:6 – Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

How can we pray for you today?

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  1. I’m so touched by your appreciation for your wife. It’s not always easy to recognize that *persistent* characteristic as helpful, but God is long-suffering yet also gives us free will.
    The biggest prayer request for me, is finding a purpose for my work life. I need something different, I need to make a difference to be fulfilled within as I use my talents for serving God. I’m torn between feeling blessed to have a job with decent benefits, but I feel like I’m selling myself short because I know I was meant to do something.. I feel a calling – just can’t discern what it is. Blessings to you.

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    1. Thank you. We will pray for you of course. God has a great plan for you I’m sure. You just have to be patient and it will be revealed to you in his time. I pray God graces you with the wisdom and discernment to make the right choices as well as patience to walk at his pace through this process. Thank you for taking the time to read the post.

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  2. This opened my eyes to a lot I didn’t understand about persistent praying. Thank you for that.
    I would like you to agree with me on a path I’ve taken towards my spiritual growth. I’ve set apart my early mornings for God and lately it’s been VERY difficult. I understand that a prayer life is the powerhouse of any Christian and that’s why this time is important to me. Many thanks☄️

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  3. Thanks for your offer to pray. I do need God’s abundant grace to keep me from the path of sin and for His righteousness in my life to be ever increasing. I also need prayers for His healing touch upon my body. I do believe and pray for His miracle each day. I do pray that His grace will be abundant upon your ministry and that you will bear fruit according to His will. Thanks again 😊

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  4. If you wanted to pray for me I wouldn’t mind. But who I’d really like you to pray for is my boys.

    Their mother is divorcing me and I worry about what kind of life they’re going to have.

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