Truly Praying

by Rev Lai Kai Ming

Readings: Luke 18:1-17; Proverb 22:16

READ (verse/s chosen for meditation)
Luke 18:7 (NIV)
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?

REFLECT
This parable always intrigues me. Jesus compares God with a lazy judge! Yet the point is clear. If a lousy and lazy judge would give justice to the woman, how much more the best Judge in the world! The condition? Faith expressed in perseverance. The widow was prepared to be stubborn, for she believed she would get justice. Do we?

RELATE
How often do I ask, once, then stop asking. God is not deaf, I’m sure he heard it the first time. Yet I wonder if my “prayer” was merely cursory and courtesy. Was I really asking and trusting God, or just placing Him as one of my many options? When I keep asking, it shows that I’m serious about Him answering. Yes, it’s not that God enjoys seeing us “cry out to Him day and night”. He just wants to be sure we are actually calling Him.

REST
Lord, increase my faith, and help my unbelief!

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