I find persistence to be a really hard thing. I’m a very action oriented, results driven kind of person and the act of being persistent in any area of my life, especially those that I don’t see immediate results, is really difficult. Here’s one of the definitions of persistence that I came across: “firm or obstinate continuance in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition.” For me, living that out is hard.
When the outcome is not immediate, I often begin to question or doubt myself. Am I doing the right thing? If I really heard God correctly, shouldn’t this be taken care of now? It becomes even more difficult when I want the result for someone else and feel like God isn’t answering. But I’ve learned that being persistent is not just about the end result; often it’s about what God is doing in the interim.
In this parable, I believe Jesus is giving us a picture of God’s heart toward us. He is not the unjust judge who has to be worn down by our continual nagging to bring Him to action. God is a loving Father whose heart is for His children, a Father who hears every single word we speak to Him and even the unspoken things we carry in our own hearts.
I have found that persistence in prayer changes ME. The situation may not change, I may not get the answer that I had hoped for, but in the process of persistently, obediently bringing my requests to God, I am changed. Sometimes I see that my request is really not in line with what He wants for me and I change course mid-stream. Sometimes I see that my heart is not right and He gently gives me an opportunity to align more fully with His heart. Sometimes I just get a sense of peace knowing that somehow, some way, He’s got this and I don’t have to worry. Regardless of the answer, I am given an opportunity to change and grow, and to deepen my relationship with God.
This week, take a hard a look at the role of prayer in your life. How does your prayer life impact your relationship with God? We have a Father who is never too busy to hear our hearts.