Persistent prayer, Crazy Faith
… this woman is driving me crazy. I’m going to see that she gets justice, because she is wearing me out with her constant requests!’”
– Luke 18:5 (NLT)
I love the parable of the persistent widow. I don’t mean any disrespect, but I think persistent is a nice word for crazy. This woman is crazy, but when the cause is a righteous one, it’s a holy crazy!
We aren’t told what injustice took place, but she was on a mission. Maybe her son was falsely imprisoned for a crime he didn’t commit. Maybe the man who molested her daughter was still on the streets. We don’t know for sure. But whatever it was, she wouldn’t take no for an answer. And the judge knew it. The judge knew she would circle his house until the day she got justice or the day she died. The judge knew there was no quit in the crazy woman.
Does the Judge know that about you? How desperate are you for the blessing, the breakthrough, the miracle?
Desperate enough to pray through the night?
How many times are you willing to circle the promise? Until the day you die?
How long will you knock on the door of opportunity? Until your knuckles are raw? Until you knock the door down?
The persistent widow’s methodology was unorthodox. She could have, and technically should have, waited for her day in court. Going to the personal residence of the judge crossed a professional line. I’m almost surprised the judge didn’t file a restraining order against her. But this reveals something about the nature of God. God couldn’t care less about protocol. If He did, Jesus would have chosen the Pharisees as His disciples. But that isn’t who Jesus honored.
Jesus honored the prostitute who crashed a party at a Pharisee’s home to anoint His feet.
Jesus honored the tax collector who climbed a tree in his three-piece suit just to get a glimpse of Him.
Jesus honored the four friends who cut in line and cut a hole in someone’s ceiling to help their friend.
And in this parable, Jesus honored the crazy woman who drove a judge crazy because she wouldn’t stop knocking.
The common denominator in each of these stories is crazy faith. People took desperate measures to get to God, and God honored them for it. Nothing has changed.
God is still honoring spiritual desperadoes who crash parties and climb trees.
God is still honoring those who defy protocol with their bold prayers.
God is still honoring those who pray with audacity and tenacity.
And the crazy woman is selected as the gold standard when it comes to praying hard. Her unrelenting persistence was the only difference between justice and injustice.
(Adapted from Draw The Circle by Mark Batterson)
Dear God Almighty, Thank you for your awesome power. I declare that I am your child, and you love me. I ask that you abundantly supply all my needs according to your riches in glory. It is your will that I prosper in every area of my life—lacking nothing. Whatever I do prospers and succeeds because Father God would make it so. Because I fear (reverence) the Lord and delight in God’s commands, my descendants are mighty in love, faith and power in the earth. My family is blessed. Wealth and riches are in my house. I have right-standing with God forever.
In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen