This story from Luke reminds me of my stubborn dog Frankie who just stands by me until he gets what he wants….. just stands and stares or puts his face in my lap. What he wants can be a total mystery sometimes, but he will not stop until he gets whatever he wants. Usually he wants to go outside far too late and sleep on the deck, I certainly don’t want to let him outside, but because he’s pestering me I let him go sleep on the porch at 10pm for a while.
So. Are we that persistent in presenting our needs? It might be a bit of a stretch, but it definitely reminds me of a story from the book of Luke.
The Story of the Persistent Widow
Luke 18 1-3 (the message)
Jesus told them a story showing that it was necessary for them to pray consistently and never quit. He said, “There was once a judge in some city who never gave God a thought and cared nothing for people. A widow in that city kept after him: ‘My rights are being violated. Protect me!’
4-5 “He never gave her the time of day. But after this went on and on he said to himself, ‘I care nothing what God thinks, even less what people think. But because this widow won’t quit badgering me, I’d better do something and see that she gets justice—otherwise I’m going to end up beaten black-and-blue by her pounding.’”
6-8 Then the Master said, “Do you hear what that judge, corrupt as he is, is saying? So what makes you think God won’t step in and work justice for his chosen people, who continue to cry out for help? Won’t he stick up for them? I assure you, he will. He will not drag his feet. But how much of that kind of persistent faith will the Son of Man find on the earth when he returns?”