Prayer for healing, among many other needs and issues in life, may well require persistence and patience. How long until the Lord answers your prayer? Will He answer? Do you know necessarily what the answer will look like and will you be prepared for it? These are deep, searching questions when faced with depression or cancer among many other illnesses and “afflictions of the soul”. While there are times when one or a few healing and transforming prayer sessions will bring healing and wholeness that you have desired for a long time, maybe years, this is not always the case. Or you might find yourself in some seemingly impossible situation. Or maybe you are experiencing injustice or persecution – of which there is much in this world. In all cases, we rest on the goodness and grace of God even when our circumstances show otherwise. The Scriptures exhort us to persist, to wait upon him and know that He hears us. Prayer is never a spiritual technique – it is part of our deepening relationship, our friendship, with Jesus.
This message focuses on Luke 18:1-8, the parable of the “Persistent Widow” or the “Unjust Judge”. There is much to learn from this parable regarding persistence in prayer. After an exposition I develop a number of reflections on prayer, referring to other Biblical passages, that can help you to persist in your prayer life.