Time after Pentecost - Lectionary 29
Luke 18:1-8 (NRSV)
A widow begs for justice
Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart. He said, "In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor had respect for people. In that city there was a widow who kept coming to him and saying, 'Grant me justice against my opponent.' For a while he refused; but later he said to himself, 'Though I have no fear of God and no respect for anyone, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will grant her justice, so that she may not wear me out by continually coming.'" And the Lord said, "Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God grant justice to his chosen ones who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long in helping them? I tell you, he will quickly grant justice to them. And yet, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?"
I am so grateful that we serve a God who is just. We don't have to beg and plead for justice, for our God is always just!
I love the words, "I tell you, he will quickly grant justice to them. And yet, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?"
It seems to me that as we pray, we must apply our faith with love toward God and neighbor. As we do this, we trust with all of our hearts that God is able to accomplish God's good will and purpose for every person involved.
I love that God loves all of us equally! I also love that God has a good plan not to harm us, but to give each of us a future and a hope!
Sometimes I pray about one thing, multiple times. But, it is not because God did not hear me or because he is too slow to answer.
God is an on time God and I know that God hears me as soon as I call.
I guess I pray because I need to reassure myself that all is well, or will be well, soon!
As I pray, no matter how many times I lift my fear, anxiety, or worry to God, I trust that Spirit grants me joy, peace, and patience enough to sustain me in the hard times.
This in and of itself is an answer to prayer. May God grant that we have the wisdom to trust and obey as we wait for God's justice and good will to be manifested in our difficult circumstances.
Let us pray: God, I trust you more and more each day! You are such a good God and always full of justice. I can trust you to take care of me and my concerns, as well as the concerns of others. I know this to be true because your Love gave Jesus to die on the cross to make atonement for my sin and gift me with eternal life! I don't have any problem bigger than sin and you've already solved it! So, I entrust my smaller problems to you, knowing that you are well able to save me. I pray this in Jesus' Name, Amen.