Jesus told them a story showing that it was necessary for them to pray consistently and never quit. He said, “There was once a judge in some city who never gave God a thought and cared nothing for people. A widow in that city kept after him: ‘My rights are being violated. Protect me!’ “He never gave her the time of day. But after this went on and on he said to himself, ‘I care nothing what God thinks, even less what people think. But because this widow won’t quit badgering me, I’d better do something and see that she gets justice-otherwise I’m going to end up beaten black and blue by her pounding.'” Then the Master said, “Do you hear what that judge, corrupt as he is, is saying? So what makes you think God won’t step in and work justice for his chosen people, who continue to cry out for help? Won’t he stick up for them? I assure you, he will. He will not drag his feet.
How often do we pray? …consistently and without stopping? With all of the distractions of this world, praying unceasingly seems impossible. But what if it wasn’t? God says that anything is possible with Him.
You know how your hands might be doing something, say dishes, but your mind is calculating the best way to coordinate those new earrings you bought? You don’t even have to think about how exactly to clean the bowls and spoons and forks, because you’ve done them so many times. Your mind can be in a completely different place while your hands are accomplishing mindless tasks.
What if God gave us the mundane, repetitive things in our lives so that we could apply that concept to prayer?
Prayers not defined as closing your eyes while you’re on your knees with folded hands. No, prayer is simply having an open ended conversation with God. Simply keeping your mind aware of His presence and talking through your day with Him is prayer! We complain and worry about so many things, when the answers for every wilderness lies in His Spirit living inside of us! We long for milk and honey everyday, when His presence is the purest form of sweetness! It begs the question, “should we really ever say amen?”
Let’s take Jesus at his words and strive to pray unceasingly.
“…But how much of that kind of persistent faith will the Son of Man find on the earth when he returns?” (Luke 18:1-8 MSG)
Be the one that Jesus speaks to when we meet face to face,
‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ (Matthew 25:21)