Day and night intercession for justice
Keys to Prayer
Today we consider a story (parable) that Jesus told to encourage his people to pray. The story features two characters – a hardened, uncaring judge and a poor, powerless widow. Against all odds, by sheer perseverance the widow eventually convinced the judge to hear her case and grant her pleas for justice.
Jesus concluded this parable with an affirmation and a question.
The affirmation is about the character of the God of Israel. In total contrast to the unjust judge, He hears and cares about the cries of His people. Jesus affirms that if we persevere in prayer, God will certainly answer, even if we have to wait for the age to come to see His Kingdom of perfect justice fully revealed on earth.
The question is whether we will be a people who persevere in faith-filled, day and night prayer for the fulfilment of God’s promise. In Jesus’ own words,
When the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?
- Ask the Lord to form in you a passion for God’s justice and a strong confidence in His faithfulness.
- Ask Him to put justice for the oppressed on your prayer agenda.
- Pray that in our city and world-wide, God’s people will become increasingly a worshipping, praying bride, crying out to Him for justice day and night until the Son of Man comes.
Luke 18:1-8 (ESV)
And Jesus told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. He said,
“In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man. And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor respect man, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.'”
And the Lord said,
“Hear what the unrighteous judge says. And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”