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Nagging Faith

Luke 18:7-8:

Will not God grant justice to His elect who cry out to Him day and night? Will He delay to help them? I tell you that he will swiftly grant them justice. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He find that faith on earth?

I seem to find something new every time I read this passage. Jesus told His disciples of a persistent widow who cried out time and time again to an unjust judge to grant her justice over an adversary. We know nothing about the injustice done to her or who her adversary was. The emphasis of the parable is that she persistently cried out to the judge for help, and he eventually granted her request just so she would leave him alone and stop nagging him. Jesus taught the parable so His disciples would understand the importance of consistent prayer.

At times, I have felt like my consistent prayers and pushing for answers were a lack of faith. If I really believed God would work in my situation, why couldn’t I just leave the issue with Him and trust Him to answer? I have had battles that caused me to cry out time and time again in need of a response, and I’m sure you have, as well. According to this passage, God sees this continual crying out to Him as great faith. We need never fear we are bothering Him or that He is not listening. Persistent cries to our heavenly Father are not nagging; they are an indicator we believe He exists and that He will answer.

Hebrews 11:6:

Now without faith it is impossible to please God, for the one who draws near to Him must believe that He exists and rewards those who seek Him.

Our continual cries to God for help please Him because they prove we believe He will answer. God is not bothered; He sees our faith. Expect Him to answer and to be just.

Have a blessed day!

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