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The Persistent Widow

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

When Jesus was with his disciples, he told them a story of a persistent widow. This one had been wrongfully treated, and she sought justice from a local judge.

The judge in the case was a despicable man who didn’t care about anyone but himself. He refused to grant her justice and ignored her case for a considerable amount of time.

This widow had no one else to help her. She had no lawyer. She had no husband or son to fight for her. Yet, she faithfully brought her petition to the judge, each time asking for justice.

Finally, the judge granted her request. He did so, not because he cared about what was right or because he had a sudden revelation. He simply wanted the woman gone.

Jesus concluded his story with a powerful question: “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?” (Luke 18:7)

Sometimes, you may pray for someone else, for them to receive justice in a situation, and it feels like nothing is happening. But God is always working situations out for His glory (Jeremiah 29:11) and our good (Romans 8:28).


Lord, please grant my friend (name) justice. You know the circumstances and You know they’re seeking to do the right thing. Preserve them with Your care and be their Defender. In Jesus’ name, Amen.


February 27 Devotional

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