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By: Oluwatunbi Stephen Akindayomi

Bible Text: The judge ignored her for a while, but finally he said to himself, I don’t fear God or care about people, but this woman is driving me crazy. I’m going to see that she gets justice, because she is wearing me out with her constant requests! (Luke 18: 4-5)

It is easy to lose heart in prayer because we are not always convinced of the reality of the power of prayer. Too often, prayer becomes a last resort instead of a first resource.

In this parable Jesus encourage his disciple to always pray.
The judge was ungodly, both as a man and a judge. Yet in the end he answered the woman’s request. The only reason he gave in was because the woman wouldn’t stop bugging him.

Both Jesus (Mark 14:39) and Paul (2 Corinthians 12:8) prayed repeatedly for the same thing. However, we must guard against a persistence of unbelief - repeating prayer with the attitude that God never heard us the first time.

Calvin Coolidge said “Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan "Press on" has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race”

This parable has a unique approach. Obviously, God is not the unjust judge; but if the unjust judge will answer the persistent request, how much more will a righteous God?

Prayer: You will win favour and a good name in the sight of God and man.

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