Luke 18:1 - Always Pray and Never Give Up.

Luke 18:1 (NIV) Then Jesus told his 
disciples a parable to show them that they should 
always pray and not give up.  

Luke 18:1 (NLT) One day Jesus told his 
disciples a story to show that they should always pray 
and never give up.  


Luke 18:1-8: The Parable of the Persistent 
Widow. [NIVSB] 


Some of the parables of Jesus Christ are 
difficult to fully understand or perfectly apply. 
However the parable of the unjust judge is 
interpreted and applied for us, by the Holy Spirit 
himself. The point of the parable, Luke tells us in 
his divinely inspired narrative, is to teach us 
to never quit praying. [Charles Stanley at 

Persistent prayer means keeping our requests 
continually before God as we live for him day by day, 
believing he will answer. It does not mean rote 
repetition or painfully long prayer sessions. [One Year 


   Prayer is a mystery to me. I have friends 
who seem to have dramatic answers to their 
prayers all the time, but seldom do I see an obvious 
answer to my prayers. 
   So why do I pray? I pray because "1 can't 
not pray." I pray for the same reason I breathe, 
sigh, groan, walk, talk, sing, laugh. Without the 
release that prayer gives me, my anxieties and 
frustrations would soon reach dangerous levels. 
   If I had to make an appointment with a 
doctor every time I was troubled, I would have long 
ago bankrupted the entire health-care system, 
   But prayer? No appointment necessary. No 
paperwork, and no copay. I just open my heart to the 
Great Physician, wherever I am: on the riding 
mower, working under the car, or speeding down the 
   I know, prayer is no substitute for 
professional counseling, but the act of praying is 
healing to me. I can "divulge" things to God and 
know that He will keep my confidences. I can 
"wrestle" with 
   God before I yield to His will. I can 
'brag" to him about my achievements without being 
accused of pride. 
   I'm okay with the mystery of prayer. I 
don't have to witness answers to my prayers to 
know that they have been processed. I trust God 
to do what is best, on His timetable. 
   To me, prayer is less like putting coins 
in a vending machine, and more like a very 
powerful cell phone, built into my head, that can 
reach heaven on a moment's notice, without 
dialing, and with unlimited minutes. I don't know 
where I would be without this Heavenly Phone. 
   Hello, God, it's me, Danny. Thanks for 
that incredible sunrise this morning. Catch You 
later, bye. Daniel Schantz [Walking in Grace 2021 
Devotional by Guideposts and Zondervan] 


   When I look at my prayer list and find 
blank spaces in the "Answered on This Date" 
column, the following parable becomes a bedtime 
story that comforts my soul so my sleep is 
undisturbed despite the blanks. It's a "bedtime" story 
Jesus told in the daylight. 
   He said: "In a certain town there was a 
judge who neither feared God nor cared what people 
thought." Luke 18:2 (NIV). The story describes an 
interchange between the judge and a widow who'd been 
wronged. She asked for justice. The judge refused. 
Providing justice for an uninfluential widow held no 
priority for him. 
   She kept asking. And asking. And asking.
   Finally, the judge gave in. She bothered 
and embarrassed him. He gave her what she needed 
so she'd leave him alone. 
   At first reading, I wondered what Jesus 
could have meant by using that example. Our Judge 
is not unjust. He exudes compassion. He not 
only respects but cares for our every need. 
Begging seems to disrespect both God and our 
   But Jesus tells us specifically at the 
beginning of the story that He wants us to find within 
it encouragement to pray continuously and not 
grow discouraged. 
   He bookends the story with this poignant 
line: When the Son of Man comes, will he find 
faith on the earth?" Luke 18:8 (NIV). Jesus is 
faithful to us, faithful to answer quickly or to hold 
us tightly if the answer is slower in coming. 
The real question is, "Will we be faithful to 
ask, to keep asking, and to trust Him?" by 
Cynthia Ruchti 
   Faith Step: What request is lingering on 
your prayer list? Put a gold star next to that 
request - an award for endurance - and keep praying. 
[Mornings With Jesus 2018 Devotional by Guideposts and 

   Ive always been a storyteller. As a 
child, I would make up stories to tell my friends, 
sometimes cobbling together a makeshift costume with 
dramatic flair. As a mom, Ive told and retold my 
kids tales reflecting their interests at the 
time: trains, dinosaurs, basketball. I even 
immortalized one by typing it up and may someday publish 
it. Im sure my storytelling skills are partly 
inspired by the many outstanding books Ive read, 
but as with everything, I recognize my ability 
as a gift from the best Storyteller ever. 
   Sometimes, before I tell a story, the 
outline is delivered to my mind in a flash, start to 
finish. Other times, Ill begin with a simple 
prompt and am as curious as my kids are about where 
the story will lead as I tell it. Its 
unfathomable to ponder that the Alpha and Omega knows 
every little bit of every story from before time 
and sees precisely where its heading. Every 
character, every plot twist, every single scene. Hes 
the third-person Narrator who sees it all. 
Whats more, He is present in every scene, the 
hovering Director, ready to offer guidance if I ask. 
   As I look at my life, I can see a 
spiritual narrative, how Jesus took my garbled, 
imperfect words and with the loving, blood-red pen of 
grace, folds every detail into the rich adventure 
my life has been. I dont know what the next 
chapter holds, and though I earnestly seek His will 
to write my story, only He knows where its 
headed. Hes trustworthy. by Isabella Yosuico  
   Faith Step: Draft an outline of your life 
story on a single sheet of paper. What has 
happened according to your plan? How has Jesus shaped 
your story? [Mornings With Jesus 2020 Devotional 
by Guideposts and Zondervan] 


While engaged in our daily work, we should 
lift the soul to heaven in prayer. These silent 
petitions rise like incense before the throne of 
grace; and the enemy is baffled. The Christian 
whose heart is thus stayed upon God cannot be 
overcome. No evil arts can destroy his peace. All the 
promises of God's word, all the power of divine 
grace, all the resources of Jehovah, are pledged to 
secure his deliverance. It was thus that Enoch 
walked with God. And God was with him, a present 
help in every time of need Prayer is the 
breath of the soul. It is the secret of spiritual 
power. No other means of grace can be substituted, 
and the health of the soul be preserved. Prayer 
brings the heart into immediate contact with the 
Well-spring of life, and strengthens the sinew and 
muscle of the religious experience. Neglect the 
exercise of prayer, or engage in prayer 
spasmodically, now and then, as seems convenient, and you 
lose your hold on God. The spiritual faculties 
lose their vitality, the religious experience 
lacks health and vigor.  It is only at the altar 
of God that we can kindle our tapers with 
divine fire. {GW 254 re 2Co. 2:16} 

As activity increases, and men become 
successful in doing any work for God, there is danger 
of trusting to human plans and methods. There 
is a tendency to pray less, and to have less 
faith.  Like the disciples, we are in danger of 
losing sight of our dependence on God, and seeking 
to make a saviour of our activity. We need to 
look constantly to Jesus, realizing that it is 
His power which does the work. While we are to 
labor earnestly for the salvation of the lost, we 
must also take time for meditation, for prayer, 
and for the study of the word of God. Only the 
work accomplished with much prayer, and 
sanctified by the merit of Christ, will in the end 
prove to have been efficient for good. DA362,3 


   I am calling you to a life of constant 
communion with Me. Basic training includes learning to 
live above your circumstances, even while 
interacting on that cluttered plane of life. You yearn 
for a simplified lifestyle, so that your 
communication with Me can be uninterrupted. But I 
challenge you to relinquish the fantasy of an 
uncluttered world. Accept each day just as it comes, and 
find Me in the midst of it all. 
   Talk with Me about every aspect of your 
day, including your feelings. Remember that your 
ultimate goal is not to control or fix everything 
around you; it is to keep communing with Me. A 
successful day is one in which you have stayed in touch 
with Me, even if many things remain undone at the 
end of the day. Do not let your to-do list 
(written or mental) become an idol directing your 
life. Instead, ask My Spirit to guide you moment 
by moment. He will keep you close to Me. (1Th. 
5:17; Pro. 3:6) [Jesus Calling by Sarah Young] 

Refuse to worry! In this world there will 
always be something enticing you to worry. That is 
the nature of a fallen, fractured planet: Things 
are not as they should be. So the temptation to 
be anxious is constantly with you, trying to 
worm its way into your mind. The best defense is 
continual communication with Me, richly seasoned with 
thanksgiving. Awareness of My Presence fills your mind 
with Light and Peace, leaving no room for fear. 
This awareness lifts you up above your 
circumstances, enabling you to see problems from My 
perspective. Live close to Me! Together we can keep the 
wolves of worry at bay. (Luke 12:25, 26; 1Th. 
5:16-18) [Jesus Calling by Sarah Young] 

   Trust Me enough to spend ample time with 
Me, pushing back the demands of the day. Refuse 
to feel guilty about something that is so 
pleasing to Me, the King of the universe. Because I 
am omnipotent, I am able to bend time and 
events in your favor. You will find that you can 
accomplish more in less time, after you have given 
yourself to Me in rich communion. Also, as you align 
yourself with My perspective, you can sort out what 
is important and what is not.  
   Don't fall into the trap of being 
constantly on the go. Many, many things people do in My 
Name have no value in My kingdom. To avoid doing 
meaningless works, stay in continual communication with 
Me. I will instruct you and teach you in the way 
you should go; I will counsel you with My eye 
upon you. (Luke 10:41, 42; Psalm 32:8) [Jesus 
Calling by Sarah Young] 


1 Thessalonians 5:17 - Pray Without Ceasing.


Luke 18:1 - We Need Always to Pray (updated).



If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred 


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