1 One day Jesus told his disciples a story to illustrate
their need for constant prayer and to show them that they must keep
praying until the answer comes.
was a city judge,” he said, “a very godless man who
had great contempt for everyone.
3 A widow of that
city came to him frequently to appeal for justice against a man
who had harmed her.
4-5 The judge
ignored her for a while, but eventually she got on his nerves. “‘I
fear neither God nor man,’ he said to himself, ‘but
this woman bothers me. I’m going to see that she gets justice,
for she is wearing me out with her constant coming!’”
6 Then the Lord
said, “If even an evil judge can be worn down like that,
you think that God will surely give justice to his people who plead
with him day and night?
8 Yes! He will
answer them quickly! But the question is: When I, the Messiah,[a]
return, how many will I find who have faith and are praying?”