If you’re like me, there are a lot of passages and verses people share with you that you appreciate, but sometimes don’t cling to as much because you know their original intent wasn’t your context (cough/Jeremiah 29:11/cough). Well if that’s you, hold onto your heart — there is plenty in scripture written directly to you, where you’re at right now.
Luke 18 starts with one of those passages. Right from the start it says that Jesus told His disciples a story “so that they would always pray and not lose heart.” Drop everything you’re doing, this was written for you, my friend.
The Parable of the Persistent Widow
18 And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. 2 He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man. 3 And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ 4 For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor respect man, 5 yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.’” 6 And the Lord said,“Hear what the unrighteous judge says. 7 And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? 8 I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”
This is the English Standard Version.