October 19

Luke 18:1-5

“Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart.” vs. 1

Far too often we run into intractable situations where we have little idea about what to say or do. Solutions are elusive and we can’t even give or get good advice or direction. These are prime moments for prayer–and Jesus would have agreed! In fact he told a parable to his disciples about their need to pray and not lose heart. It’s good advice but still we wonder. What shall we do in those many instances where the dilemma remains after our prayer? Nothing has happened; nothing has changed. What shall we do then? Jesus said that we should just keep on praying. He uses the example of an unjust judge who granted a woman’s request just to keep her quiet. He reasons that if bad people will do good things, then surely God, who is good, will hear our prayers and give us what we need. His reasoning is impeccable but some of us will still wonder. We’ve had enough experience with praying to know that sometimes there’s just no answer. What then? There’s no easy answer to that good question, except to say, we need to keep praying. And so we do. Day after day we make our requests known to God, not until we get an answer, but until we don’t need to keep asking. On that day, one way or another, we will be satisfied.

Thought for the Day: What intractable situations am I facing?

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