March 28 The Righteous Judge

Scripture reading: Luke 18:1–8

Key verse: Matthew 7:8

Everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.

The widow had made a complete nuisance of herself. She just wouldn’t take no for an answer, and the judge was becoming irate. He didn’t care whether she had a case, and he didn’t want to be bothered with the facts. All he knew was that if he granted her the legal protection she asked for, she would finally leave him alone.

Why would Jesus tell this parable to help explain why you should be persistent in prayer? The judge in the story isn’t at all like your heavenly Father and that is Jesus’ point: “Hear what the unjust judge said. And shall not God avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily” (Luke 18:6–8).

If an earthly judge without a conscience gives in because someone keeps after him, how much more will God the righteous and loving Judge listen to you, His own child? God is not deaf to your appeals. You may feel that He is not listening, but in reality He may be asking you to wait. Sometimes He withholds an answer for a time so that you will draw closer to Him and develop the habit of talking to Him through prayer.

Remember, God’s priority is always your relationship with Him. Keep going to your heavenly Father, the just Judge. Your case is on His heart.

Father, how I thank You that You are a just judge. Help me persevere in prayer, knowing that You will answer in due time and Your answer will be just and right.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 91). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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