Text: : “And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint.” - Luke 18:1.
Comment: Jesus Christ during his first advent taught God's worshippers the need to pray always and to be persistent in doing so. He gave a parable of a judge in a certain city who feared not God, neither regarded man and of how the judge had to bend over backwards to attend to the requests of a certain widow, to save himself from her continual appeals, lest she wearied him by her continual coming. Then Jesus Christ 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?” - Luke 18:2-7.
St. Paul exhorted us to be “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;” (Ephesians 6:18. See also Colossians 4:2; 1 Thessalonians 5:17) God answers prayers in His own time, in due season. Hence Apostle James states, “But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” - James 1:4
Prayer comforts and strengthens the mind, builds character, hope and faith. It is a sure live line to the Almighty Father, showing that our sufficiency is of Him and as long as we are constant in prayers, God will in His due time grant us our requests by His grace. - 1 Timothy 2:1,2; 2 Corinthians 3:5; James 1:5-8.