Today, I've been fighting discouragement.
The kind that presses down so hard and heavy that I didn't want to get out of bed.
Prayer has been my oxygen.
I am so grateful my neediness never overwhelms God.
He doesn't get tired of hearing the weight of my mind.
He encourages me to persist.
Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared about men. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’
“For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care about men, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually wear me out with her coming!’”
And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”
Have you been tempted to just give up lately? How does this parable of persistence being rewarded encourage you?
*this is day 22 of a series called "31 Days to Focus". If you'd like to see the other posts, simply click over here to the landing page.*