And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge says. And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them?”
Jesus uses, in this parable, an argument of the lesser to prove the greater. If the lesser is true then of course how much more true is the greater? The lesser was the unrighteous human judge. Thishuman judge did not fear God and did not respect man. His qualities and character are nothing like our heavenly Father’s. So if this widow was able, through persistence, to get him to make a just judgement and adhere to her request, then how much more will a righteous, eternal and perfect God listen to and answer our prayers?
Jesus is revealing something that was hidden. The secret to prayer is God. Obvious, right? But it’s amazing how easily we stop praying or we don’t pray. Have we forgotten who we are praying to? If an unjust judge can fulfill justice for a poor widow, how much more can God bring the justice that we need? Our hearts are desiring justice.
We have an adversary who tries to condemn us each day. The widow had someone opposing her, an adversary. Sin kills our “husband” called life while condemnation leaves us like the widow, poor in purpose. Prayer in Jesus Christ defeats all our adversaries, for our battle is not against flesh and blood but against spiritual powers and dominions. Prayer relies on the justice of the cross, not the works of the flesh. Prayer accesses new life in Christ. Prayer brings purpose back to our lives. A purpose that is bigger than our adversary. A purpose that is bigger than our problems.
Prayer helps us continue to know that God has justice in His hands, that He will make all things right that are wrong. Prayer positions us to trust in His unchanging character and remain anchored in the shifting changing circumstances that surround us.
Jesus is really trying to get our attention today. Jesus is saying, “I am nothing like this unrighteous judge.” He is trying to wake up the potential of prayer in our lives. If this man answered this widow’s request, how much more will our Father in heaven give justice to us who do not stop praying and do not lose heart?
Let’s pray to our loving Father today, who is nothing like this unrighteous judge. The secret is out. He is a loving Father longing to know us and longing for us to know Him.
// Pastor Josh Kelsey