"I tell you that He will swiftly grant them justice. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He find that faith on earth?"
In this parable, Jesus points to persistence in prayer. However, there is a twist right at the end. Jesus shifts the focus to faith “Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He find that faith on earth?" Why?
If you think about it, without faith, our persistent prayers just become a religious ritual. A practice that is all about ticking the right box, at the right time, in the right way.
That is not what Jesus is looking for.
He is looking for faith. Faith in God’s character, His abilities, His heart for justice, His love, His desire to bring healing, redemption and salvation. This is the kind of faith that drives us to keep coming back, keep pressing in and persisting in prayer.
One of the ways we pray at Re:Hope is to think through “Why should God answer these prayers?”
Take time to list three things you are currently praying about. Then:
Ask yourself “What truth do I believe about God that points to the fact that He will hear my prayers, and respond?”
Think through how God has revealed Himself and his character in the Bible, in your life, and in the lives of the people around you. Sometimes it helps to say “You’ve done this before in this way, please do it again in this way.”
To boost your faith, try writing down five to ten times when God answered your prayers in the past, even in the smallest of ways!