Do you treat prayer like a fire extinguisher, reserving it only for times of emergencies, taking prayer seriously only when there is a crisis? If so, you are failing to take full advantage of the grace of God that is available to empower you to live victoriously each day. You have not because you ask not.
In Luke 18:1-8, Jesus told a parable to his disciples “that men always ought to pray and not lose heart.” He spoke of a widow seeking justice from an unjust judge who did not fear God nor man. The possibility of her receiving favor from this unjust judge was zero, but she persisted, nevertheless, not relenting in making her request for justice daily. Under immense pressure, he reluctantly gave in and granted her request, “lest she weary me by her continual coming.”
“Then the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge said. And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily.”
Jesus is using contrasts to argue from the lesser to the greater to show the power of prayer. God is not like the unjust judge who had to be pestered into doing good. We are not like the widow who must appear before the judge alone and uninvited. Unlike the judge, God is gracious, merciful and eager to help us. Unlike the widow, we have been invited to present our requests for help and we never appear before the throne of the Father alone. Both Jesus and the Holy Spirit accompany us each time.
Furthermore, unlike the poor widow who had to approach a court of Law, when we pray, we approach a throne of grace. There is a big difference between the two. In a court of Law, we would have to be examined individually to prove we deserve what we are asking of the court, but at the throne of grace, no such examination of our lives is performed. We do not have to qualify. All we have to do is demonstrate we have a need Jesus died to meet. Then Jesus represents us and we are granted unmerited favor and undeserved blessings.
Now, brethren, here is the point. If a poor widow standing alone before a selfish judge could get a favorable response from him, how much more can we, God’s elect, expect to receive the favor we ask for at the throne of grace from our loving God and Father. How much more can we expect good things to happen when we pray!
Child of God, are you taking advantage of the power of prayer? Don’t let this privilege go to waste in your life. Let prayer become a way of life for you. Learn to pray.