“He then told them a parable on the need for them to pray always and not become discouraged: “There was a judge in a certain town who didn’t fear God or respect man. And a widow in that town kept coming to him, saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ “For a while he was unwilling, but later he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or respect man, yet because this widow keeps pestering me, I will give her justice, so she doesn’t wear me out by her persistent coming.’
” Then the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. Will not God grant justice to His elect who cry out to Him day and night? Will He delay to help them? 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 teaches us to be persistent in prayer and to trust and believe in the one to whom we pray. Jesus contrasts the judge to God to highlight just how much our Father cares and wants to answer our prayers.
Think back to prayers that you wrote down at the beginning of this 50 day journey. How many of them have you given up on? Are you still filled with hope and expectation that God will answer? Spend some time repenting for any disbelief, cynicism, and discouragement that may have entered your heart.
We have the incredible privilege of calling the creator of the heavens and earth Father. Remember who God is and all that He has done in Scripture and your life, and praise Him! As you pray prayers of praise, ask the Holy Spirit to stir up faith and hope and to root them deep in your heart.
Now that you have rekindled the fire of faith and expectation, pray! Recommit to persevering in prayer, humbling yourself to wait on God, and trust that He IS working to answer. Anytime you feel doubt or disbelief coming back, remember who God is and what Scripture says about His timing.