the widow’s secret weapon

devotional post # 2023
Luke 18:1-8
Luk 18:1 Then Jesus told them a story to illustrate to them the fact that they should always pray and never be overwhelmed.
Luk 18:2 He said, “In a certain city there was this judge who neither feared God nor cared about people.
Luk 18:3 But there was this widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Grant me justice against my opponent.’
Luk 18:4 For a while he refused, but later on he said to himself, ‘Even though I neither fear God nor care about people,
Luk 18:5 yet because this widow keeps on bothering me, I will grant her justice, or in the end she will wear me out by her perpetual visits.'”
Luk 18:6 And the Lord said, “Listen to what that unrighteous judge is saying!
Luk 18:7 Won’t God grant justice to his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he put off helping them just to maintain control?
Luk 18:8 I tell you, he will give them justice quickly. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find this kind of faithfulness present in the land?”

the widow’s secret weapon

She had no status, no wealth to bribe the judge, nothing he wanted from her. But she got justice from the judge. She had the secret weapon. She kept asking. Her faithfulness was her gift.
Jesus is looking for people who dare to be faithful over the long haul. We do not need any other edge. We have what Jesus is looking for. Staying faithful in coming to him in prayer no matter how long the wait — that is all the edge we need.
LORD, here we are again — coming to you for justice. Heal our broken land. Restore our families. Revive our churches. Heal our hearts. We come to you because only you can give us what we need.

About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is a former Christian missionary who now lives in Williamsburg, Virginia. If your church or small group would like to hear Jeff speak, you can contact him at -- !
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