What Jesus Did! 'Keep Praying!' — Luke 18:2-7

Monday, October 19, 2015

"Once there was a judge in a town. He did not care about God. The judge also did not care what people thought about him. In that same town there was a woman. Her husband was dead. The woman came many times to this judge and said, 'There is a man that is doing bad things to me. Give me my rights!' But the judge did not want to help the woman. After a long time, the judge thought to himself, 'I don't care about God. And I don't care about what people think. But this woman is bothering me. If I give her what she wants, then she will leave me alone. But if I don't give her what she wants, she will bother me until I am sick!'" The Lord (Jesus) said, "Listen! {There is meaning} in what the bad judge said. God's people shout to him night and day. God will always give his people what is right. God will not be slow to answer his people."
— Luke 18:2-7 NLT
Illustration of Luke 18:2-7 NLT — "Once there was a judge in a town."

Key Thought

Jesus' point is that if an evil and unrighteous judge will eventually give in to get a complaining and persistent, but powerless woman off his back, then we can surely count on God—who loves us dearly—to hear us and respond in ways that are for our best good. So we need to ... keep praying ... never give up ... for God will hear and respond.

Today's Prayer

Almighty and eternal Father, God Almighty, please hear the things on my heart today. There are a number of things that trouble me, please hear my requests and do what is best in each situation. (Lay out the things that trouble your heart to the LORD.) Father, I am concerned about several people who are facing really challenging times. Please bless each of them with what they most need as I bring each name before you. (Share the names of those for whom you have concern with the LORD.) Thank you for hearing me and working in the situations I have placed before you. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Romans 5:1-5
  • Romans 8:26-28
  • Matthew 6:5-6


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.