Sometimes, praying is hard, especially when we face injustice and suffering of all kinds. Jesus knows this is true! He tells this parable, the story of a powerless widow taking on a powerful but unjust judge, to encourage us to pray without losing heart. The key to perseverance in prayer is seeing how God is both like and unlike the judge in Jesus’ story.
Do you have a clue what’s happening in the world around you? Is it easier to keep yourself so busy that you don’t have to pay attention to the real problems facing our world and the real issues confronting us in our lives? In this parable, Jesus asks you: Will you be alert to what God is doing in the world? The Master has come to bring blessing; stay awake, so that you don’t miss out!
The new year is a time for reflection back and looking forward. What opportunities will 2019 present? In this parable, Jesus asks you: What will you build this year? For what you build to last, you’ll need a solid foundation; something that can keep you steady through all the highs and lows that lie ahead.