Luke 18:1-8 (NIV) Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. 2 He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared about men. 3 And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’ 4 “For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care about men, 5 yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually wear me out with her coming!'” 6 And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. 7 And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? 8 I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”
God will Act Quickly for His Chosen Ones
God does not delay in answering the prayers of His people. God will always act quickly on behalf of His Chosen ones, although quickly may not necessarily be immediately. Persistent prayer is a sign of faith. Whenever we pray, it’s a sign that we are looking up to God as our source of livelihood, and our just judge.
We will not see injustice totally wiped out from the face of the earth because we live in a world tainted with sin but we can, by faith, pray that God will vindicate His own and ultimately so when Jesus comes back. People of faith are those who believe that no matter what, God will vindicate the righteous ones, just as the Psalmist said in Psalm 25:2-3 in you I trust, O my God. Do not let me be put to shame, nor let my enemies triumph over me. No one whose hope is in you will ever be put to shame, but they will be put to shame who are treacherous without excuse.
I would like to ask the same question that Jesus asked, “when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?” Will He find people who are resolute in prayer, who are persistent, who continue to trust in God the just and merciful Judge in the midst of an unjust, merciless world? Will He find people of faith who demonstrate it through their prayers and loyalty, in an age of unbelief?