they ought always to pray and not lose heart – Luke 18:1
We know that we ought always to pray. We have the privilege of access to our heavenly father: it is a thread that runs right through the New Testament.
In this passage Jesus addresses the intercession: the act of seeking the Lord for an express purpose – to see Him work in our world, our lives. In this it is the losing heart that is the problem. It is easy to pray when we see the immediate results. But prayer is an act of faith. Just as the widow persisted day after day, with no guarantees of success, we must petition day after day with the promise of being heard and of being granted justice.
God will act, because He will always be true to Himself, but when He acts, will He still find us on our knees in faithful, persistent prayer?
We must not lose heart in our intercession for God’s intervention in this world in which He has placed us – this is a part of the role that God has given to us – not just ‘shopping list’ prayers, but seeking Him, and His making right of the wrongs of this earth.
We must not lose heart – that is the goal of the enemy – to give up, to stop. Whe n the Son of Man comes, will He find us faithful?