The parable of the persistent widow and the unjust judge appears to be a response to questions regarding when God’s faithful be vindicated. It’s a very human tendency for us to ask when circumstances are going to change, especially during times of trial or persecution. What do we do while waiting for things to change—particularly when suffering doesn’t lighten or injustice seems so rampant? Jesus’ response is that we pray—always! We pray night and day, expecting that God will grant justice to us just like an unjust judge will grant what the widow is asking for just to get her off his back.
This message is an excerpt from the Bible study, “Pray Always,” by Gladys G. Moore in the June 2010 issue of Lutheran Woman Today, now Gather magazine. Today is election day. Don’t forget to vote!