Lent Devotions: Day 17
Read: Luke 18:1-8
Will he delay long in helping them? (v. 7)
Christmas and birthday wish lists have a curious effect on me. Before I write a wish list, I don’t really want anything. But as soon as I add something to my list, I find that I cannot go on without it. Are you like me? After I put together a list like that, I truly hope to get what I have asked for.
The widow in this parable is an asker, too. She seeks justice, not something trivial like new clothes or a new gadget. She has only one way to get what she needs. She’s not posting a few hints on her refrigerator door. Her pleas are a ceaseless, even embarrassing display of distressed need, and the judge can only take so much. “Because this widow keeps bothering me, I will grant her justice, so that she may not wear me out by continually coming” (v. 5).
Jesus tells this story to teach us that God answers prayer much more quickly and more fairly than the judge in this parable. The judge gives in to get rid of a nuisance. How much more will a loving God do? God hears our Lenten prayers, our laments of distress, of waiting, and of injustice. “Will he delay long over them? I tell you, he will quickly grant justice” (v. 7-8).
I write wish lists expectantly; I pray even more so.
Prayer: God-Who-Provides, listen to our prayers this Lent, and answer speedily.