Do you find yourself annoyed at those who ask for the same thing over and over? Well yes, we all do. Jesus used this very human characteristic in the Parable of the Persistent Widow (Luke 18:1-8) to show us a picture of prayer.
It sometimes appears that the Widow was using the old adage-the squeaking wheel gets the grease-to her advantage. Meaning the one who complains the longest and loudest gets what they want. That wasn’t Jesus’ intent. If you look closely at verse 1 Jesus says (my words) pray, pray, pray. Although the widow knew the only way to get the desired result was to seek justice, she also knew she needed God to lend a hand. She was persistent in her quest.
In 1 Corinthians 15:58 Paul tells us to stand firm and let nothing move us in our work for the Lord. This kind of persistence leads to having no doubt that our work for the Lord matters.
Galatians 6:9 says do not become weary in doing good. We are to be persistent in every opportunity to be the ‘light in the darkness’ to both those who believe and those who don’t.
If Paul McCartney had not persisted we might have a song called “Scrambled Eggs, oh my baby how I love your legs”. Instead through rewrite after rewrite. We got, “Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away”. “Yesterday” has been played on the radio more than 6 million times, more than any other record in history. It is also McCartney’s favorite song.
The difference between failure and success-between the widow and the judge-between “Yesterday” and “Scrambled Eggs”- is persistence.
Heavenly Father, let us persist in all the ways that will show the world that You will always answer. Let others see Jesus in us. Make it so!