PUSH =Pray Until Something Happens
I just love that little acronym, I didn’t invent it but I am reminded of it, especially when I read that passage about the widow and the unscrupulous judge.
Luke 18: 1-8
18 And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;
2 Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man:
3 And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary.
4 And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man;
5 Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.
6 And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith.
7 And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?
8 I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?
In the case of the widow and the judge, she wasn’t praying but she was petitioning. She knew that this judge had the power to grant her request and therefore she had confidence that if she could just get him to agree to hear her plight, that the solution would be granted.
Therefore, I propose a question, how much more confidence should we have in God? He is omniscient and takes into account everything that we can not know or see and does so with an eye toward our advantage. So we see this passage as an incentive. We have the best and most judicious judge available, to hear our requests and to answer our petitions. The widow had enough sense to know that she needed to push through. She wasn’t about to give up, she was about getting the judge to acknowledge her.
Read this excerpt from Matthew Henrys Commentary on this passage Luke 18:1-8:
He applies this for the encouragement of God’s praying people to pray with faith and fervency, and to persevere therein.1. He assures them that God will at length be gracious to them (v. 6): Hear what the unjust judge saith, how he owns himself quite overcome by a constant importunity, and shall not God avenge his own elect? Observe,(1.) What it is that they desire and expect: that God would avenge his own elect. Note, [1.] There are a people in the world that are God’s people, his elect, his own elect, a choice people, a chosen people. And this he has an eye to in all he does for them; it is because they are his chosen, and in pursuance of the choice he has made of them. [2.] God’s own elect meet with a great deal of trouble and opposition in this world; there are many adversaries that fight against them; Satan is their great adversary. [3.] That which is wanted and waited for is God’s preserving and protecting them, and the work of his hands in them; his securing the interest of the church in the world and his grace in the heart.(2.) What it is that is required of God’s people in order to the obtaining of this: they must cry day and night to him; not that he needs their remonstrances, or can be moved by their pleadings, but this he has made their duty, and to this he has promised mercy. We ought to be particular in praying against our spiritual enemies, as St. Paul was: For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me; like this importunate widow. Lord, mortify this corruption. Lord, arm me against this temptation. We ought to concern ourselves for the persecuted and oppressed churches, and to pray that God would do them justice, and set them in safety. And herein we must be very urgent; we must cry with earnestness: we must cry day and night, as those that believe prayer will be heard at last; we must wrestle with God, as those that know how to value the blessing, and will have no nay. God’s praying people are told to give him no rest, Isa. 62:6, Isa. 62:7
6 I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the Lord, keep not silence,
7 And give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth.
He doth execute the judgment of the fatherless and widow, and loveth the stranger, in giving him food and raiment.
So, we need to pray until something happens. PUSH. Pray with confidence knowing that our God is a good and just God, an advocate who promises to attend to us. We have no better representation than our Lord, no greater friend and sovereign God who can not fail us. He has an advantage above judicious system of this world in that He sees every fact, including the hidden.
Let’s pray! Lord, we thank You for the gift of discernment and wisdom that You lead us to, contained in Your word. Help us to maintain our confidence and faith in You. Remind us to pray for our adversaries as we seek justice for the wrongs committed against us. Avenge us, as we know You will. We thank You Lord for Your faithfulness, In Jesus Mighty name AMEN!
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