Luke 18: 1- 8 reads, “And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man. And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary. And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, ‘though I fear not God, nor regard man; Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.’
And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith. And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?”
Note that God is not an unjust judge who will just answer your prayer so that you would not weary Him. He a just and loving father. Yes! Your patience will be tested but Jesus tells us here that God avenges us or gives us our asking speedily.
God is interested in performing our asking but we are not asking and when we do, James tells us that we are actually asking amiss. Hear him in James 4: 2- 3, “Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.” We are lustful in the place of prayer. We are competitive in the place of prayer. We want God to give to us so we can show others that we too are children of God. Sometimes we do not ask at all yet we want to have.
When we ask according to our lusts, we are asking outside God’s box. We are asking God to give us what contravenes His will. This happens when we ask for the wrong things (like asking God to sack someone so you can takeover, or asking God for another man’s wife or husband or asking God to make your illicit business of armed robbery or kidnapping or prostitution prosperous) or when we ask for the right things with an unrighteous intention (like give me a car so they can know that I have arrived).
We need to know God’s will and pray in line. 1John 5:14- 15 says, “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.”
Unlike the unjust judge, when we come to God, God in Isaiah 41: 2 counsels us to “Produce your cause” and “bring forth your strong reasons” in line with His word and when we do that, as it is written in Daniel 10: 12, your voice will be heard and your answers released from heaven. In the process of the conversion of your heavenly and spiritual blessings (Eph. 1: 3) into physical and tangible blessings, we must be like Abraham who in the time of delay “against hope believed in hope” so he could become the father of nations as he had been promised. He refused to be weak in faith. He refused to consider the impossibility facts that were real around him. He refused to stagger at God’s promise and when he would be tempted to say “God are you still there?” he would just burst into thanksgiving. He would just say. ‘Father, I know that you heard my prayer. I know you have done it. I am just waiting for it to land in my hand. Thank you because you are too faithful to fail and too truthful to lie’ (Romans 4: 18-20).
That is what Jesus meant when he said men ought always to pray. Not to keep asking as if God did not hear but to keep thanking while awaiting the physical manifestation of your asking because God has heard and has performed. Thanking God is the sign that you TRULY believe He has heard and has responded in your favour.
If you are dealing with an unjust judge, keep telling him ‘give me’, ‘give me’, ‘give me’ but if you are dealing with this God who is our father, the formula that works is ‘Lord, you are God. My God. You are holy…. Give me….. Thank you Lord, in Jesus name….thank you Lord, thank you Lord’ and you keep thanking him all the way even till after the answer arrives.
This month, you will not ask amiss. By this, your faith is strengthened and nothing will be impossible to you in Jesus name.