“He spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint.” Luke 18:1
C. H. Spurgeon said that the key to the meaning of the parable of the widow who kept crying to the unjust judge until he finally responded to her is found hanging at the door. Here is a parable that teaches us the benefit of persistent prayer.
First of all, we have the plight of the widow. This woman had been wronged by an adversary. Having no one to avenge her, she turned to the judge, even though he was known to be unjust, caring neither for God nor man. What a picture of the bride of Christ on earth! The world sees the church without a husband, and as the widow, she is the object of Satan’s attacks and is often treated unjustly.
Second, we have the fight of the widow. She was determined to fight her case and demand justice from the judge who was so callous and heartless. In verse 5 we read why the judge eventually conceded and decided to help her: he was “weary” of her frequent appeals. Weary is an interesting word. It literally means “to strike someone under the eyes” or to “beat black and blue.” This tells us how determined this woman really was to win her case—and how equally determined we should be in prayer.
Finally, we have the delight of the widow. What delight must have filled her heart when she eventually received the justice she had persistently demanded. There is a great contrast between this judge and the One to whom we come in prayer. If the unjust judge avenged the widow for whom he had no concern just because she would not give up pleading with him, “shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him?” The Lord Jesus says, “He will avenge them speedily.” Pray on, believer; God answers prayer.
Quote: “There is no realm of the Christian life in which we weary so quickly as in prayer.” Arthur Wallis
The Central Ontario Auxiliary of the Trinitarian Bible Society would like to welcome all to their Spring Meeting which is planned for 8:00 PM on March 24, DV at the Hamilton Free Reformed Church, at 1114 Old Mohawk Road, Ancaster. This public meeting is designed for anyone to attend, whether you are a member of the society, or not. Updates pertaining to the Central Ontario Auxiliary will be shared, as well as info regarding TBS internationally. The latest regarding various translation projects that TBS is involved with will be presented. Please feel free to come out, and learn more about what TBS does. This year, the main speaker is Rev. E. Hakvoort, Minister of The Word, at Norwich Ontario NRC. His topic is entitled: That the Scripture might be fulfilled. The Canadian General Secretary, Mr. Adrian Stoutjesdyk plans to attend as well. Your interest and support are most welcome.
The Shorter Catechism
Q98: What is prayer?
A: Prayer is an offering up of our desires unto God1 for things agreeable to his will,2 in the name of Christ,3 with confession of our sins,4 and thankful acknowledgment of his mercies.5
1. Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. (Psalms 62:8).
2. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. (Romans 8:27).
3. Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. (John 16:23b).
4. And I prayed unto the LORD my God, and made my confession. (Daniel 9:4a).
5. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. (Philippians 4:6).
The Children's Catechism - History
Q53: How long did the Israelites wander in the wilderness?