Read: Luke 18:1-17
By: Pastor Jarren Rogers
“To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.” – Martin Luther
I don’t know how my parents did it. I can’t imagine raising a child as annoying, needy, and as selfish as me. They are probably glad that they were able to quit taking care of me and allow my wife to take over.
I remember when I was a kid, we had this giant ceramic bowl that was perched on the top of the refrigerator just out of reach. Inside of this bowl was a mound of candy.
I never knew where the candy came from or why it never ran out but that didn’t matter. There was candy up there and I needed my daily sugar fix!
There were three ways that you were able to retrieve candy. The first option is the pastor’s kid, God-fearing, Christian child way. You simply go to either Mom or Dad and politely ask, “Mother/Father, may I please have a piece of candy from the candy bowl.” They would then consent to your request and would kindly retrieve the candy for you.
The second way was the sinner, ninja, thief, super sneaky, quiet way. This is where you peek out into the living room to see if your parents are paying attention. If not, then you tiptoe into the kitchen, quietly drag a chair in front of the fridge, climb up, stretch to reach the bowl, collect your prize, climb down, replace the chair, and then run like your pants are on fire with your M&M bag flapping in your greasy paw.
The final way was the annoying, beggar, I’m-two-seconds-away-from-sending-you-into-exile-and-disowning-you-way. This is where you confidently go to your mom/dad and ask. “Mother/Father, may I please have a piece of candy.” They say no. So, you quietly return to your room. Wait five minutes and then reappear in the presence of your selected parent. Once again ask, “Mother/Father, may I please have a piece of candy.” If the answer is no then, once again, return to your room. Wait five minutes. Then, come back to your parents and prompt the question once more. Rinse and repeat for anywhere between three to five hours until your request is approved.
In Luke 18:1-8, Jesus tells us how we are to go to our God in prayer. It seems as if Jesus here is saying that my third approach to getting candy was biblical! In this story, there is a widow who continues going to a judge and desires justice. Again and again, the judge refused until, because of the widow’s perseverance, the judge finally gave in to her wishes.
“And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? 8 I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly” (Luke 18:7-8).
When you are praying for something, do not consider it done with one prayer. Pray as if you are annoying God with your request. Pray consistently and constantly. Keep bringing your request before God until He answers it and then give Him thanks.
God will never be annoyed by our prayers, but we should give it our best shot.