Jesus once told a story about a persistent widow who pleaded her case with an unjust judge. The purpose of the parable was to encourage us to persist in prayer, not because God is an unjust judge, but because we so easily lose heart when praying.
Unanswered prayer, difficult circumstances, unmet expectations and good, old-fashioned fatigue all contribute to our lack of persistence in prayer. A classic example of those that lost heart when praying is the disciples in the Garden of Gethsemane. They didn’t just faint, they fell asleep (Matthew 26:36-46).
Have you stopped praying? Remember the persistent widow and never give up. Jesus concluded, “Will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night?” (Luke 18:1-8)