Good morning! I'm wrapped in a blanket listening to my son this AM. He's happy and slightly bored, with hungry thrown in. Therefore, today's reading is going to be fairly short and sweet.
I began reading chapter 18 of Luke and decided to split it into separate lessons. When I try to go through a whole chapter that has several lessons all at once I tend to fall into the and then.. and then.. and also... rut. Not pretty. It also, in my opinion, glosses over too much of what we could be learning.
Today we are focusing on verses 1-8. Jesus wants us to pray and not give up. True, the answer is sometimes no or wait awhile instead of yes, but don't give up. Jesus taught this by way of the parable of the judge and the widow. The judge did not believe in God, nor did he care much what his fellow man thought. The widow lived in the judge's city, and she came to him, asking him to avenge her of her adversary. The judge at first would not do anything. But she kept coming and kept persisting, until he finally realized she wasn't going to give up until she got what what she wanted . He granted her request.
We should remember that God's time in answering prayer isn't always our time. While we want something now, we may not always get what we are looking for instantaneously. Continue on in prayer. There will be an answer. Don't give up.
In the meantime, it's time to answer my sweet son's petition for breakfast. :) Have a great day.